Dr Shaheed appointed to Presidential Commission

Former Foreign Minister Dr Ahmed Shaheed has been appointed to the Presidential Commission formed in 2009 to investigate corruption under the former government two days after he was also appointed Foreign Policy Advisor to the President.

In other senior appointments this week, President Mohamed Nasheed promoted Ibrahim Riffath to the vacant Solicitor General post and Aishath Bisham to Deputy Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Office.

The recent ministerial appointees – State Minister Ahmed Naseem as Foreign Minister and former Solicitor General Abdulla Muizz as Attorney General – were meanwhile sent for parliamentary approval today.

Following parliament’s rejection of Shaheed’s reappointment as Foreign Minister last November, he served as the spokesperson for the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) campaign ahead of last month’s local council elections.

Apart from Dr Shaheed, the Presidential Commission now includes Male’ Mayor “Sarangu” Adam Manik, Islamic Affairs State Minister and Adhaalath Party President Hussein Rasheed Ahmed, Principal Collector of Customs Mohamed Aswan, and human rights lawyer Abdulla Haseen.