President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday appointed former president of the Elections Commission, Ahmed Sulaimaan, as a member and president of the National Integrity Commission.
The parliament had approved his appointment with 32 votes from members of the ruling coalition voting in favour. None of the opposition members took part in this parliament sitting. The parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions had given Sulaimaan 75.89 points in their evaluation.
Sulaiman had resigned from the Elections Commission last month. While he had not specified any reasons, there were speculations that he would be appointed to the NIC. His resignation came during a time the EC was facing harsh criticism after they declared 12 opposition lawmakers unseated from the parliament.
NIC’s former president Yoosuf Maniu was removed from post after he accused some senior police officers of obstructing certain investigations of the commission. He had warned legal action over the alleged obstructions.