President Mohamed Nasheed yesterday appointed Ahmed Mausoom as Chief of Staff of the President’s Office, the country’s highest administrative authority and a post with the same rank as Minister.
As Chief of Staff, Mausoom will direct the daily functions of the President’s Office under the President and Vice President.
Mausoom was formerly Finance Secretary, a post he has held since Nasheed assumed office on November 11, 2008.
A founding member of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mausoom lived in exile in Sri Lanka for many years prior to being granted political asylum in the UK in 2004. He returned to the Maldives in 2006 to promote political reform in the country alongside then-opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed.