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Hood to head PO Comms after Hassan’s resignation

Shahudha Mohamed
25 January 2021, MVT 18:20
Newly appointed Secretary of Communications at the President's Office Ibrahim Hood. Prior to this appointment, Hood served as PO's Chief Communications Strategist. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
25 January 2021, MVT 18:20

President's Office, on Monday, hired its Chief Communications Strategist Ibrahim Hood to head the office's communications department, following the resignation of the former Secretary of Communications.

According to the President's Office, Hood will manage and oversee all the work of PO's Communications Office with this shuffling of positions.

Hassan Ismail, who was formerly filling the position, resigned from the PO on Sunday, stating that he submitted his resignation to focus on personal projects and pursuits.

Hassan's resignation was sent to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih following a number of changes in the President's Office press team.

On January 1, the President's Office appointed Mabrook Azeez as its spokesperson, granting him the leading position in the PO press team.

Hassan's resignation was tendered in the absence of any action on the part of the President's Office to adequately reprimand him over accusations of bribery and sexual harassment against the editor of a local newspaper, despite being urged to by relevant local and international entities.

Although the government had immediately sacked other high profile individuals, including former Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed, over similar allegations, touting its “zero-tolerance policy” for rape and sexual assault, Ismail Hassan served at the President's Office until his resignation with zero blowback incurred for the accusations levelled against him and without protections to other vulnerable colleagues.

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