President appoints new health minister, commissioner general of customs

President Abdulla Yameen has appointed Ahmed Zuhoor as the new minister of health and Abbas Adil Riza as the new commissioner general of customs.

High Court Judge Ali Sameer administered the oath of office for Zuhoor at an appointment ceremony at the President’s Office yesterday.

Zuhoor previously served as the commissioner general of customs. The post of health minister has been vacant since August last year when the pro-government parliamentary majority rejected the reappointment of former Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela.

Prior to his dismissal from the cabinet in January, former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim served as the acting health minister. Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Dr Mohamed Shainy has been the acting minister since Nazim’s sacking.

Abbas Adil Riza meanwhile took the oath of office at an appointment ceremony at the President’s Office this morning. He previously served as former President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s spokesperson.