The parliament on Monday approved to appoint Colonel (Retired) Ahmed Jihad to the National Integrity Commission (NIC).
The colonel's appointment, which was approved unanimously by the 78 lawmakers present at the sitting, follows the resignation of Mohamed Farhad from NIC.
Jihad is the spouse of Male' City Council's Major Shifa Mohamed.
In addition to Jihad, the other nominations for NIC submitted by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih were former Judicial Service Commission member Shuaib Abdul Rahman, Dr Mariyam Shahneeza Naseer, and Hawwa Liusha. The latter was excluded by the parliamentary Commission on Independent Institutions during its review of the nominations before the names were sent to the floor.
While the president favoured Shuaib in his letter to the parliament, he did not secure a majority vote.
Currently sitting on the five-member NIC are its President Ahmed Sulaiman, Vice President Hassan Hameed, Khadheeja Abdulla and Ahmed Ameen. NIC members are appointed for a term of five years.
The parliament also approved to appoint Mahzoom Saleem of Kaashidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, to the vacancy on Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA)'s Board of Directors.