President hands over several ministries for temporary administration

Mohamed Visham, Haveeru Online
Feb 13, 2012 - 02:02
  • The seven members appointed to President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik's cabinet yesterday:President has handed over the administration of five ministries temporarily to already selected members of the cabinet. HAVEERU FILE PHOTO

President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has handed over the administration of five ministries temporarily to already selected members of the cabinet.

The administration of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs has been temporarily handed over to the minister of Health and Family Dr Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was handed over to education minister Dr Asim Mohamed while administering the Ministry of Finance and Treasury was handed over to economic minister Ahmed Mohamed. The Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment was handed over to Transport minister Dr Ahmed Shamheed.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture was handed over to the minister of tourism arts and culture Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Gafoor.

The President has assured that ministers for the remaining ministries will be selected within a week.

President Waheed appointed seven more cabinet members on Sunday, but kept five portfolios open allegedly to entice former President Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members, in a sign of his willingness to have a national unity government.

Nasheed however insists he was removed in a military-backed coup following weeks of opposition protests. On Sunday, he rejected a US call for compromise and the formation of a unity government.

The United States has backed the idea of a national unity government under President Waheed until elections that are due by November 2013.

At least 35 people were wounded in a police crackdown in Male during a Nasheed led protest on Wednesday, while demonstrators on other islands set 18 police stations ablaze. The MDP said police were continuing to arrest their supporters.

Nasheed's supporters clashed with police in the capital on Sunday night as MDP lawmakers complained that one of their colleagues had been arrested and tortured in the southernmost atoll of Addu.

 

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