Parliament approves three ministers rejected by MDP

Combined file photos of (from L-R) Ahmed Usham, Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, and Dr. Ali Haidar.

The Parliament has approved the three members of President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, who were rejected by the former legislative assembly.

The 19th parliamentary assembly, which the main opposition MDP held a majority in, denied approval to three ministers:

  • Housing Minister Dr. Ali Haidar Ahmed
  • Islamic Minister Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed
  • Attorney General Ahmed Usham

However, all three were reappointed and sworn in on January 29, within hours of the vote.

The new parliamentary assembly, which the main ruling PNC holds a supermajority in, took office on May 28.

The new assembly directed the Government Oversight Committee to reopen a review of the request for approval for the three ministers, in its second sitting.

The ministers were approved by the committee with a vote of 8- 1, last week.

The final vote was held on the parliament floor on Monday afternoon.

Usham received approval with a unanimous vote of 87, and Shaheem received approval with a unanimous vote of 83.

Meanwhile, Haidar received approval with a majority vote of 81-four.