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Parliament appoints new Secretary General

Shaina Abdulla
09 July 2018, MVT 21:50
Fathimath Niusha, the newly appointed Secretary General to the parliament -
Shaina Abdulla
09 July 2018, MVT 21:50

Former deputy secretary general of parliament, Fathimath Niusha, has been appointed as the Secretary General to the parliament.

Niusha was appointed to the post unanimously after a vote among 33 lawmakers of the ruling coalition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), on Monday.

Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh said that Niusha was the only applicant to the secretary general post.

MVR 50,000 of salary and benefits are given to a Secretary General of the Parliament.

The post for the Secretary General opened after former post holder Ahmed Mohamed resigned following the political strife after the landmark February 1 Supreme Court ruling. Ahmed Mohamed had served as the Secretary General for a long-lived term of 12 years.

To be eligible for the post of Secretary General, a person needs to be over the age of 25, with completion of higher education in the field, and hold the capability to negotiate with the parliament.

In addition to the appointment of a new Secretary General, the Parliament also accepted and forwarded the bill of amendments to the Prisons and Parole Act to the relevant committee during Monday's sitting.

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