The People’s Majlis has approved Ahmed Naseem as the Minister of Health.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih appointed Naseem as the new health minister on October 22, a day after Abdulla Ameen resigned amid corruption inquiry at parliament.
Accusations of misconduct against Ameen surfaced after irregularities were identified in an audit report on the government’s Covid-19 related-spending.
66 lawmakers voted in favour of Naseem’s appointment as Health Minister, on Monday.
He served as a Minister at the President’s Office prior to his appointment and had also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, during the administration of former President and incumbent Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Mohamed Nasheed.
Naseem is a known senior figure representing the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and has years of experience in foreign relations, having joined the government in 1966.
The new minister was a pioneer in the establishment of the tourism industry, having introduced the first tourist and travel agent to the Maldives during the 1970s.