The religious conservative Adhaalath Party elected Sheikh Ilyas Hussein as the new chair of the party’s religious scholars council today following the resignation of Islamic Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari from the post last year.
Dr Bari resigned from the post in the wake of the party’s decision to sever its coalition agreement with the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
Sheikh Ilyas had been vice chair of the council prior to Dr Bari’s departure. In addition to Ilyas, the party also elected Dr Mohamed Iyaz as vice chair and Sheikh Izzudeen Adnan as secretary.
While Sheikh Ilyas has a first degree in Quran, Dr Iyaz has a PhD in Shariah and Sheikh Izzudeen a first degree in Shariah.