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President Solih reinstates curbed powers of Home Minister

Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 March 2019, MVT 09:23
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) shakes hands with Minister of Home Affairs Imran Abdulla. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 March 2019, MVT 09:23

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced his decision to reinstate the powers of the Minister of Home Affairs, which were curtailed and integrated with the mandate of the president by the previous administration.

Speaking at the campaign of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s candidate for the constituency of Komandoo in Shaviyani Atoll, Hussain Waheed, the president revealed that he signed the relevant documents to restore the powers of the Home Minister last Thursday.

President Solih stated that the minister's reinstated authorities will come into effect within this week.

The Home Minister of the current administration is the president of religiously conservative Adhaalath Party, Sheikh Imran Abdulla.

Previous president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had curbed certain powers of the Home Minister during the tenure of Umar Naseer. The former president made the decision after Umar Naseer ordered Maldives Police Service to investigate some issues pertaining to then Minister of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb.

One of the powers of the Home Minister curtailed at the time was the authority to "give a direct order to any individual police officer, or a group of police officers, or all police officers, at any given time", as per the Police Act.

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