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Civil Service Commission's president Shameem resigns

Mariyam Malsa
13 July 2020, MVT 10:58
President of the Civil Service Commission Dr. Shameem addresses a press gathering. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
13 July 2020, MVT 10:58

Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed revealed that Civil Service Commission (CSC)'s President Dr Ali Shameem submitted his resignation on Monday.

Speaker Nasheed made the announcement at the opening of a parliamentary session during which the dismissal of four CSC members, including Shameem, was scheduled for discussion.

Shameem was appointed to the Commission on August 18, 2015 and was designated president on August 24 the same year.

Prior to his term at CSC, Shameem served on the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) for a five-year period.

On June 29, the Parliament's Committee on Independent Institutions voted to dismiss all members of the CSC, with the exception of Fathmath Amira.

The final decision regarding the dismissal will be made after a parliamentary vote, despite the committee voting to dismiss CSC president Dr Ali Shameem, vice president Shaheed Mohamed as well as members Zakariyya Hussain and Ibrahim Shaheeq.

Expressing concern over delays in CSC proceedings, including the process of hiring additional staff and the drafting of the commission's framework guidelines, the Committee on Independent Institutions initially moved to dismiss the four CSC members on March 1.

The sole CSC member not facing job termination, Amira, is a long-time contributor in the education sector and was appointed to CSC following the change of government in November 2018.

Amira is also married to the uncle of MP Rozaina Adam, the parliamentary representative for Addu Meedhoo constituency and the current Chair of the Committee on Independent Institutions.

However, MP Rozaina chose not to participate in the committee's latest vote concerning the matter, which was overseen by Deputy Chair Mikail Naseem, the parliamentary representative for Male's Galolhu South constituency.

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