President appoints Spokesperson Riza as Minister of State for Finance and Treasury

Former President Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza has been appointed as the Minister of State for Finance and Treasury.

The position of spokesperson has now been assigned to ahmed Thaufeeg, Adivsor of Political Affairs at the President’s Office. The President’s Office gave no indication for the change.

Earlier this month, Riza sparked a diplomatic incident following an outburst aimed at the Indian High Commissioner in Maldives.

Speaking at an anti-GMR rally, Riza claimed that the commissioner was a “traitor and enemy of Maldives and Maldivian people. We don’t want these kind of diplomats on our soil”.

The comments prompted the government to disassociate itself from Riza’s remarks.