President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has proposed his nephew Maumoon Hameed for the post of Prosecutor General (PG).
Hameed is a lawyer by profession and is the son of former Atolls Minister Abdulla Hameed. Hameed has to win approval by a parliamentary majority before he can be appointed to the position.
Former PG Ahmed Muizz resigned from his position on November 25 shortly before parliament was set to debate a no-confidence motion against him.
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) filed the motion against Muiz on October 24, claiming that that he had failed to take action against the police and the military officers who mutinied against former President Mohamed Nasheed on February 2012.
Former Tourism Minister during the MDP government Mariyam Zulfa and current Deputy PG Hussain Shameem had also submitted applications for the vacancy.