Cabinet of the Maldives

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The Cabinet of the Maldives is the most senior level of the executive branch of the Government of the Maldives. It is made up of the President, the Vice President, Attorney General and the Ministers.

Members of the Current Cabinet[edit]

 The Presidential Standard of Maldives
Cabinet of Ministers
of Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's Government
[1]
Office Name Term
President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom3 Nov. 17, 2013 - Incumbent
Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed4 Nov. 17, 2013 - Incumbent
Attorney General
Ministry of Law and Gender7
Uz. Mohamed Anil7 Nov. 21, 2013 - Incumbent
Jul. 01, 2014 - Incumbent
Ministry of Defense and National Security Colonel (Rtd.) Mohamed Nazim1 Nov. 17, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Home Affairs Umar Naseer Nov. 19, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon2 Nov. 17, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Islamic Affairs Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed1 Nov. 19, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad1 Nov. 17, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Education Dr. Aishath Shiham3 Nov. 21, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Health7 Vacant2 Jul. 01, 2014 - Incumbent
Ministry of Tourism Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor2 Nov. 17, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. Mohamed Shainee Nov. 19, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed Nov. 19, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Dr. Mohamed Muiz1 Nov. 19, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim Nov. 19, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Youth and Sports Mohamed Maleeh Jamal2 Nov. 21, 2013 - Incumbent
Ministry of Transport and Communication (abolished on Jun. 19, 2014)6 Ameen Ibrahim1&5
Vacant
Nov. 17, 2013 - May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014 - Jun. 19, 2014
Ministry of Health and Gender (abolished on Jul. 01, 2014)7 Dr. Mariyam Shakeela Nov. 21, 2013 - Jul. 01, 2014
  • 1 Previously held the post in president Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s cabinet respectively.
  • 2 Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor held the post of Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Dr. Mariyam Shakeela held the posts of Minister of Environment and Energy in Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s cabinet. Dr. Shakeela also held the posts of Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Acting Minister of Gender, Family and Human Rights in Waheed’s cabinet. Dunya Maumoon held the post of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Mohamed Maleeh Jamal held the post of Deputy Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on Waheed’s tenure as president.
  • 3 Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom served as Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and Dr. Aishath Shiham as Minister of Youth and Sports on Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s tenure as president.
  • 4 Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed is the only person to serve in all cabinets of the last four governments. He is the Vice president in President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's Cabinet while he served as Minister of Justice in Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's cabinet, Minister of Civil Aviation and Communication in Mohamed Nasheed's cabinet and as Minister of Home Affairs in Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik's cabinet.
  • 5 Ameen Ibrahim was sacked after the breakup of the coalition between the ruling PPM and JP. First he was asked to "stay at home" hours after the breakup of coalition on 28 May 2014, but in less than 24 hours after he was notified not to attend work, he was dismissed from his post.
  • 6 The President abolished Ministry of Transport and Communication and transferred administrations of its previously held mandates of Maldives Civil Aviation Authority and Regional Airports under the Ministry of Tourism, Transport Authority under the Ministry of Economic Development, and Communication Authority of Maldives under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • 7 The President revised the mandate of Ministry of Health and Gender and established two new ministries under the names of Ministry of Law and Gender and Ministry of Health. Ministry of Law and Gender oversee all government functions related to families, children, women, people with special needs, and human rights while Ministry of Health oversee all government functions related to health and social protection sectors. The President also appointed Attorney General Uz. Mohamed Anil as minister responsible for overseeing functions of Ministry of Law and Gender.

Previous Administrations[edit]

Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s Cabinet[edit]

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Cabinet of Ministers
of Waheed's Government
Office Name Term
President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik Feb. 07, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Vice President Mohammed Waheed Deen Apr. 25, 2012[2] - Nov. 10, 20137
Ministry of Home Affairs Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
Ahmed Shafeeu (Acting)
Feb. 08, 2012 - May 11, 20133
May 11, 2013 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Defense and National Security Colonel (Rtd.) Mohamed Nazim Feb. 08, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Education Dr. Asim Ahmed Feb. 12, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Economic Development Ahmed Mohamed Feb. 12, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Transport and Communication Dr. Ahmed Shamheed
Colonel (Rtd.) Mohamed Nazim (Acting)
Ameen Ibrahim
Feb. 12, 2012 - Nov. 8, 20121
Nov. 8, 2012 - Apr. 10, 2013
Apr. 10, 2013 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports Mohamed Hussain Shareef Feb. 12, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor Feb. 12, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Attorney General Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor
Uza. Aishath Bisam
Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor
Feb. 12, 2012 - Apr. 10, 2013
Apr. 10, 2013 - Jul. 1, 2013
Jul. 1, 2013 - Oct. 29, 20135
Ministry of Islamic Affairs Sh. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed Feb. 19, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdul Samad Abdulla
Dr. Asim Ahmed (Acting)
Dr. Mariyam Shakeela (Acting)
Mar. 05, 2012 - Aug. 25, 20134
Aug. 25, 2013 - Sep. 12, 2013
Sep. 12, 2013 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad Mar. 05, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture Ahmed Shafeeu Mar. 12, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Health Dr. Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed
Vacant
Dr. Amal Ali (Acting)
May 7, 2012 - Oct. 31, 20136
Oct. 31, 2013 - Nov. 04, 2013
Nov 04, 2013 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Gender, Family and Human Rights Uza. Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed
Dr. Mariyam Shakeela (Acting)
Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor (Acting)
Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor
Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor (Acting)
Dr. Amal Ali
May 7, 2012 - Nov. 19, 20122
Nov. 21, 2012 - Mar. 7, 2013 [3]
Mar. 7, 2013 - Apr. 10, 2013
Apr. 10, 2013 - Jul. 1, 2013
Jul. 1, 2013 - Jul. 9, 2013
Jul. 9, 2013 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Dr. Mohamed Muiz May 21, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Environment and Energy Dr. Mariyam Shakeela May 21, 2012 - Nov. 17, 2013
Ministry of Health and Family (abolished on May 7, 2012) Dr. Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed Feb. 12, 2012 - May 7, 2012
Ministry of Housing and Environment (abolished on May 21, 2012) Dr. Mohamed Muiz Feb. 19, 2012 - May 21, 2012
  • 1 Sacked after disputes between the Government as he extended the Maamigili Airport lease to JP leader MP Qasim Ibrahim for 99 years.
  • 2 Sacked after she strongly criticized the President and the Government, stating that her husband was beaten by the Police and his arrest was politically motivated, following the arrest of her husband MP Abdullah Jabir over suspicions of drinking alcohol. Prior to her dismissal, Media Secretary at the President’s Office, Masood Imad told the press that she was dismissed because she acted in a manner not suited for a Minister.[4]
  • 3 Sacked after he became the Running-mate of MP Abdulla Yameen, presidential candidate of PPM. Prior to his dismissal, Media Secretary at the President’s Office, Masood Imad told the press that having a rival candidate’s running-mate as the Home Minister would create a conflict of interest as the President himself is contesting in the presidential elections.[5]
  • 4Dr. Abdul Samad Abdulla passed away early morning of Aug. 25, 2013 whist receiving treatment in Singapore after he suffered from a critical kidney ailment. He was discharged from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Aug. 20, 2013 after undergoing dialysis. Butwas rushed to the hospital hours later after he suffered from heart complications resulting from the dialysis. He underwent a heart bypass surgery about 15 years ago. He died at the age of 67 and was survived by his wife and three children.
  • 5 Lost the post as the Parliament passed a censure motion against her. The no-confidence motion was passed with the votes of 41 MPs accusing her of failing to protect state institutions and instead back the baseless allegations of a political party. She had been accused of advocating on behalf of JP after her office intervened in the case filed by the party at the Supreme Court seeking annulment of the first round of presidential elections held on 7 September 2013.
  • 6 According to the Media Secretary at the President’s Office, Masood Imad, Dr. Jamsheed resigned to take up a job at the WHO's Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO).
  • 7 The Vice President’s resignation came hours before the end of the presidential term, and after the country’s last ditch attempt to elect a new president before the constitutional deadline of November 11 failed after the Supreme Court suspended the runoff which was slated for 10 November. Neither the Vice President nor the Government stated the cause of the resignation.

Mr. Mohamed Nasheed’s Cabinet[edit]

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Cabinet of Ministers
of Nasheed's Government
Office Name Term
President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Mohamed Nasheed Nov. 11, 2008 – Feb. 07, 2012
Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik Nov. 11, 2008 – Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Finance and Treasury Ali Hashim
Ali Hashim
Mahmood Razee (Acting)
Ahmed Inaz[6]
Mohamed Aslam (Acting)
Mohamed Shihab
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Dec. 10, 20102
Dec. 2010 - 10 Apr. 2011
10 Apr. 2011 - Dec. 29, 2011
02 Jan. 2012 - Jan. 04, 2012
04 Jan. 2012 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Shaheed
Ahmed Shaheed
Mohamed Aslam (Acting)
Ahmed Naseem[7]
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Dec. 10, 20102
Dec. 14, 2010 - Mar. 21, 2011
Mar. 21, 2011 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Health and Family Dr. Aminath Jameel
Dr. Aminath Jameel
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Defense and National Security Ameen Faisal
Ameen Faisal
Uz. Ahmed Muizzu Adnan (Acting)
Thalhath Ibrahim Kaleyfaanu
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Dec. 10, 20102
N/A - Jun. 31, 2011
Jun. 31, 2011 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Education Dr. Musthafa Luthfy
Dr. Musthafa Luthfy
Shifa Mohamed
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Dec. 10, 20102
Dec. 13, 2010 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad
Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad
Ali Hashim (Acting)
Dr. Mariyam Zulfa
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Aug. 12, 2010
Aug. 17, 2010 - Nov. 8, 2010
Nov. 8, 2010 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Economic Development Mohamed Rasheed
Mahmood Razee (Acting)
Mahmood Razee
Nov. 12, 2008 – May. 09, 2010
May. 12, 2010 – Jul. 07, 2010
Jul. 07, 2010 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Human Resources, Youth and Sports Uz. Hassan Latheef
Uz. Hassan Latheef
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture Ibrahim Didi
Dr. Aminath Jameel (Acting)
Ibrahim Didi
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – jul. 19, 2010
Jul. 19, 2010 – Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari
Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari
Dr. Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari
Nov. 12, 2008 – Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 – Oct. 04, 20114
Oct. 13, 2011 -Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Home Affairs Qasim Ibrahim
Ameen Faisal (Acting)
Mohamed Shihab
Mohamed Shihab
Hassan Afeef
Nov. 12, 2008 – Dec. 04, 2008
Dec. 04, 2008 – Jun. 03, 2009
Jun. 03, 2009 - Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 - Dec. 10, 20102
Dec. 13, 2010 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Housing and Environment Mohamed Aslam Jul. 07, 2010 – Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Transport and Communication Mahmood Razee (Acting)
Mohamed Adil Saleem
Jul. 09, 2010 - Nov. 08, 2010
Nov. 08, 2010 – Feb. 07, 2012
Attorney General Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed
Ali Hashim (Acting)
Uz. Husnu Suood
Uz. Husnu Suood
Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad
Uz. Hassan Latheef (Acting)
Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad
Uz. Abdulla Muiz[7]
Nov. 12, 2008 – May. 19, 2009
May. 19, 2009 – Jun. 03, 2009
Jun. 03, 2009 - Jun. 29, 20101
Jul. 07, 2010 - Aug. 08, 2010
Aug. 12, 2010 - Dec. 10, 20102
Dec. 10, 2010 - Dec. 13, 2010
Dec. 13, 2010 - Mar. 21, 2011 3
Mar. 21, 2011 - Feb. 07, 2012
Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment (abolished on Jul. 07, 2010) Mohamed Aslam Nov. 12, 2008 - Jun. 29, 20101
Ministry of Civil Aviation and Communication (abolished on Jul. 07, 2010) Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
Mahmood Razee
Nov. 12, 2008 - May. 30, 2009
Jun. 03, 2009 - Jun. 29, 20101
  • 1 Resigned as part of the June 29, 2010 en masse resignation of the cabinet.
  • 2 Resigned after rejection by parliament, on December 10, 2010.
  • 3 Rejected by parliament, on March 21, 2011.
  • 4 Resigned on the request of his representative Adhaalath Party when it broke coalition with the government regarding the government’s decision to maintain relations with Israel. He was reinstated a week later.

June 2010 En Masse Cabinet Resignation On 29 June 2010, Nasheed's 13 cabinet ministers resigned en masse, protesting the behaviour of opposition MPs who they said were “hijacking” the powers of the executive and making it impossible for the cabinet Ministers to discharge their constitutional duties and deliver the government’s election manifesto.[8] The ministers called on the President to investigate why certain MPs were blocking the government's work, citing allegations of corruption and bribery in parliament.

On 29 June, Maldives Police Service arrested two parliamentarians, Abdulla Yameen, leader of the People’s Alliance party and former President Gayoom’s half brother, and Gasim Ibrahim, head of the Jumhooree Party, on suspicion of bribing fellow parliamentarians to vote against the government. The police are investigating the two MPs for corruption, along with a third MP, Mohamed Mustapha, of the ruling MDP.

On 7 July, President Nasheed reappointed all thirteen Ministers of the Cabinet, at a ceremony held at the President’s Office in Male'. Speaking at a press conference held shortly after presenting the Ministers with their letters of appointment, President Nasheed said his government would “work towards fulfilling its pledges to the people.” The President noted that the government has investigated the reasons why cabinet members felt they had to resign and the police have taken appropriate action. The President reiterated that only a small number of MPs are implicated in alleged corruption. “The reputation of the People’s Majlis should not be tarnished because of corruption allegations against a few parliamentarians,” the President said.[9]

Parliament Rejection of Cabinet Members After the reinstallation of the cabinet on July 7, the cabinet was sent to the parliament for endorsement.

On November 22, the parliament voted and declared that only 5 out of the 12 appointees would be accepted. They also called for the rejected ministers to step down immediately.[10][11] This resulted in heated arguments between ruling party MDP and opposing DRP, who holds majority seats in parliament. The parliament ruled that the rejected appointees would not be considered as ministers, and refused to allow Finance minister, Ali Hashim present the 2011 state budget for parliament approval.[12] Members of MDP responded to this by declaring that neither parliament or supreme court had rights to dismiss ministers and threatened high members of the parliament.[13]

On December 10, 2010, the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that the ministers not endorsed by the parliament cannot remain in their posts; and requested their immediate resignation from office.[11][14]

On December 13, 2010, President Nasheed appointed 2 new ministers and acting ministers for 4 more offices. He also reappointed the rejected Attorney General, Dr. Sawad.[15]

As of February 2011, only 3 of 7 rejected ministers have been replaced. The remaining ministries are currently managed by the other cabinet members.

2011 Parliament Cabinet Endorsement On 21 March 2011, the parliament voted on the endorsement of 5 new ministers appointed.[16] The result was the endorsement of 4 ministers. These include:

  • Shifa Mohamed, Minister of Education
  • Hassan Afeef, Minister of Home Affairs
  • Mohamed Adil Saleem, Minister of Transport and Communication.
  • Dr. Mariyam Zulfa, Minister of Tourism.

Only 1 of the appointees were rejected. This was the Attorney General, Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad, who had been re-appointed by President Nasheed after being rejected by the parliament earlier. Just hours after the endorsement, two new ministers were sworn into office. This included a new Attorney General and a new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Uz. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s Cabinet[edit]

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Cabinet of Ministers
of Maumoon's Government
[17]
Office Name
President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and of the Police Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Senior Minister Dr. Mohamed Zahir Hussain
Senior Minister Uz. Abdulla Hameed
Senior Minister Umar Zahir
Senior Minister Uz. Fathulla Jameel
Senior Minister Ali Umar Maniku
Senior Minister Uz. Mohamed Rasheed Ibrahim
Dhivehi Dhaulathuge Minister Abdul Rasheed Hussain
Dhivehi Dhaulathuge Minister Ibrahim Hussain Manik
Dhivehi Dhaulathuge Minister Rashida Yousuf
Dhivehi Dhaulathuge Minister Abbas Ibrahim
Minister for Presidential Affairs Mohamed Hussain
Ministry of Defense and National Security Ismail Shafeeu
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid
Ministry of Health Ilyas Ibrahim
Ministry of Higher Education, Employment and Social Security Dr. Ibrahim Hassan
Ministry of Atolls Development Ahmed Thasmeen Ali
Ministry of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad
Ministry of Education Zaahiya Zareer
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Ministry of Planning and National Development Hamdun Hameed
Ministry of Youth and Sports Dr. Aishath Shiham
Ministry of Construction and Public Infrastructure Mohamed Mauroof Jameel
Ministry of Gender and Family Aishath Mohamed Didi
Ministry of Home Affairs Abdullah Kamaaludheen
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ali Haidhar Ahmed
Ministry of Transport and Communication Mohamed Saeed
Ministry Environment, Energy and Water Dr. Abdulla Mausoom
Ministry of Legal Reform, Information and Arts Uz. Mohamed Nasheed
Attorney General Uza. Aishath Azima Shakoor

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