Parliament appoints new CSC member to replace Fahmy Hassan

The parliament has appointed a new member to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to replace Fahmy Hassan, who was dismissed in November 2012 over allegations that he sexually harassed a female staff at the commission.

Fahmy however continues to serve as chair of the commission after his dismissal was invalidated by the Supreme Court.

The parliament secretariat today issued a statement confirming that Fathimath Reenee Abdulsathar of Maafannu Unimaage had been appointed as the new member of the CSC.

According to the statement, 51 out of 54 MPs present in the parliament voted in favor of appointing Reenee as Fahmy’s replacement, while the remaining three abstained.

The parliament secretariat said the Independent Commissions Committee had researched those who applied for the position and submitted it to the parliament floor on August 5, 2013.

Local media reports suggested no candidate was able to meet 75 percent of the Independent Commissions Committee’s interview criteria, so the committee forwarded the matter to the parliament chamber.

Minivan News contacted Fahmy today seeking comment regarding the appointment of his replacement, however he stated that he did not want to say anything to the media at the moment.

In November last year parliament voted 38 – 32 to remove the CSC chair after the Independent Institutions Committee investigated a complaint of sexual harassment lodged by a female employee of the CSC.

On 14 March 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that parliament’s decision to remove Fahmy from his position was not based on reasonable grounds and invalidated the decision.

Local newspaper Haveeru reported that the alleged sexual harassment incident occurred on 29 May 2012, and that the victim was a female senior research officer.

On June 17, Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee launched an investigation into the alleged harassment.

Fahmy was alleged to have called a female staff member over to him, taken her hand and asked her to stand in front of him so that others in the office could not see, and caressed her stomach saying ”it won’t do for a beautiful single woman like you to get fat.”

According to local media, the woman told her family about the incident, who then called Fahmy. Fahmy then sent her a text message apologising for the incident, reportedly stating, ”I work very closely with everyone. But I have learned my lesson this time.”

In response to the allegations, Fahmy told Minivan News previously that the female staff member had made up the allegation after she learned she had not won a scholarship to Singapore offered by the CSC.