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President nominates Abdul Raheem for Speaker, Nazim for Deputy Speaker

Mariyath Mohamed
22 May 2024, MVT 18:51
Abdul Raheem being earlier appointed as Special Advisor to the President.-- Photo: President's Office
Mariyath Mohamed
22 May 2024, MVT 18:51

President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has nominated his Special Advisor and MP Elect for Fonadhoo constituency Abdul Raheem Abdulla for the position of Parliament Speaker for the upcoming 20th Peoples' Majlis.

The President also nominated MP Elect for Dhiggaru constituency Ahmed Nazim for the post of Deputy Speaker.

The President made these nominations at a meeting with the MP Elects from People's National Congress (PNC) which is currently ongoing at the President's Official Residence, Muleeaage.

The MP Elects have unanimously agreed to back the President's nominations.

President's Office Spokesperson Heena Waleed said that at the meeting, the President had proposed a list of individuals that he, as leader of PNC, wishes to nominate for various posts at the Parliament.

Besides the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, these nominations are as follows:

- Parliamentary Group (PG) Leader: MP Elect for Inguraidhoo, Ibrahim Falah

- Senior Deputy PG Leader: MP Elect for Baarah Ibrahim Shujau

- Deputy PG Leaders:

MP Elect for Vilimale' Mohamed Ismail

MP Elect for Mahibadhoo Ahmed Thoriq

MP Elect for Hulhudhoo Mohamed Shahid

The 93 new Members of Parliament are set to take oath of office on May 28.

The composition of the 20th Parliament has a super majority for ruling PNC, with the party itself winning 66 seats in April's Parliamentary Elections, and gaining the backing of affiliated parties and independent candidates.

Opposition MDP secured only 12 seats. Meanwhile, The Democrats and Adhaalath Party did not win any seats.