Parliament approved ambassadors to India and China as well as a non-resident ambassador to Australia and the Philippines at today’s sitting of the People’s Majlis, following evaluation of the nominees by the National Security committee.
Mohamed Naseer, of M. Funfini, Male’, was approved as ambassador to India with 50 votes in favour, two against and one abstention while Mohamed Rasheed, of H. Carnationvilla, Male’, was approved as ambassador to China with 49 votes in favour and one against.
Current ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hussain Shihab, of M. Kali, Male’, was approved as the non-resident ambassador to Australia and the Philippines with 49 votes in favour and three against while current ambassador to the United States, Hassan Sareer, M. West Side, Male’, was approved as the permanent representative to the UN with 52 votes in favour and two against.
Both ambassadors will continue to serve in their previous capacities in addition to the new roles.
At today’s sitting, MPs also voted unanimously to accept an amendment to the Public Finance Act proposed by Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Rozaina Adam stipulating that the state budget must be submitted to parliament two months ahead of the end of the financial year.
Following the vote to accept the legislation after preliminary debates, the amendment bill was sent to the Economic Affairs Committee for further review.