Faris sworn in as Dhiggaru MP

Ahmed Faris Maumoon has been sworn in as the new MP for Meemu atoll Dhiggaru following his victory in Saturday’s by-election for the vacant seat.

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed administered the oath of office to Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP at a ceremony held at the People’s Majlis around 4:00pm today

Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, deputy speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, and majority leader Ahmed Nihan attended the ceremony.

Faris won the by-election with 59.4 percent of the vote after competing against main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party candidate Ahmed Razee and two independent candidates.

Faris is the son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and a nephew of President Abdulla Yameen.

The Dhiggaru by-election was triggered by the imprisonment of ruling party MP Ahmed Nazim on corruption charges.

Weeks before the election, the government delivered an x-ray machine to Dhiggaru, promised a harbor in the island, while PPM MPs delivered air-conditioning units to the Dhiggaru and Muli island mosques.

President Abdulla Yameen, meanwhile, promised to provide a 140-kilowatt generator for Dhiggaru and said he will prioritize PPM constituencies for development in the 2016 budget.