Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed met former Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela at the latter’s residence on Thursday night (September 11), reports local media.
Opposition-aligned private broadcaster Raajje TV reported eyewitnesses as saying that Shakeela greeted the vice president upon his arrival at the Manaam building around 9pm.
With the press gathered outside, Dr Jameel reportedly left the building in his official state car around 3:10am in the early hours of Friday.
Reporters spotted the vice president and his wife in the car with bodyguards.
The Ministry of Health has been headed by Defence Minister Colonel (Retired) Ahmed Nazim after Shakeela’s renomination was rejected by the Majlis last month.
In an interview with Haveeru last week, Dr Shakeela alleged death threats and intimidation prior to her departure, suggesting that political opponents wished to remove her in order to benefit from corrupt development deals.
“When I was given the post, some people said this can’t be done by bringing in someone from far outside after we worked hard to bring this government,” she was quoted as saying.
“So from the start there were some people who were bent on showing that I was a failure.”