Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
|Mohamed Jameel Ahmed|
|4th Vice President of the Maldives|
17 November 2013
|President||Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom|
|Preceded by||Mohammed Waheed Deen|
|Born||Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
13 October 1969
|Political party||Progressive Party of Maldives|
|Alma mater||SOAS, University of London
International Islamic University Malaysia
Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed (born 1969) is a Maldivian lawyer and politician who is the 4th and current vice president of the Republic of Maldives. He served as Minister of Justice from July 2005 to August 2007, Minister of Civil Aviation and Communication from November 2008 to May 2009 and as Minister of Home Affairs from February 2012 to May 2013. He was a former member of the New Maldives group.
He resigned as Minster of Justice after accusing then President Gayoom of failing to take action against rising Islamic militancy and blocking progress of reforms. One month after Mr Jameel resigned, the Maldives experienced its first ever homegrown terrorism incident when young Islamic radicals blew up a homemade bomb in a public park, injuring a dozen foreign tourists.
Jameel is renowned for his public speaking talents and passion for the reform of the criminal justice system, Jameel secured the highest number of votes in the elections to the Party Executive Council, polling even more votes than President Gayoom.
After leaving government, Jameel became a co-founder of the New Maldives which lead the Opposition against the incumbent 30-year old regime. After the election of President Mohamed Nasheed, Jameel served as Minister of Civil Aviation and Telecommunications from Nov. 12, 2008 to May. 30, 2009.
Personal life and education
Mohamed Jameel was born in Fuvahmulah, in the southern part of Maldives. He was educated in law in Pakistan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He obtained a PhD in Criminal Law from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London. This was a merit scholarship funded by the Commonwealth. Jameel is the only scholar in Maldives with a PhD from SOAS-University of London. Jameel is also a senior member of JICA Alumni Society of Maldives.
Jameel is married to Haulath Faheem and has three children; Afsha (Afu), Aika (Aikko) and Ayan.
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- Minister of Justice calls on the international community to work with the Maldives on strengthening its legal and judicial sectors[dead link]