President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih appointed Mohamed Aslam as Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure on Sunday afternoon.
Minister Aslam took his oath of office with Supreme Court Justice Dr. Azmiralda Zahir presiding over a special ceremony held at the President’s Office. During the ceremony President Solih presented Aslam with his letter of appointment.
Minister Aslam previously headed the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure prior to the reorganization of government on Thursday.
Following Athifa Shakoor’s resignation as the Minister of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday, President Solih on Thursday dissolved the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, transferred its mandate over to the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure.
He then renamed the planning ministry, which will henceforth be referred to as the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure.
In addition to taking over the responsibilities of the now-defunct housing ministry, all staff previously employed at the dissolved ministry will be transferred to the newly reorganised planning ministry.
The housing ministry was notably one of the most active government institutions in Maldives, in particular during the administration of previous President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
The ministry was split into two, with the formation of the planning ministry during the current government after President Solih assumed office in November 2018.
With this reorganisation, much of the previous housing ministry's mandate was placed under the planning ministry, while the former was mainly tasked with the development of social housing projects across the country.