Mohamed Jameel Ahmed

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Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
4th Vice President of the Maldives
Assumed office
17 November 2013
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
Preceded by Mohammed Waheed Deen
Personal details
Born Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
(1969-10-13) 13 October 1969 (age 45)
Fuvahmulah, Maldives
Political party Progressive Party of Maldives
Alma mater SOAS, University of London
International Islamic University Malaysia
Religion Islam

Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed (born 1969) is a Maldivian lawyer and politician who is the 3rd 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.[1] He was a former member of the New Maldives group.

Political career[edit]

In July 2007, Jameel made history when he defied conservative Islamists and nominated three women judges, the first time the Maldives had admitted women to the judicial bench.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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[edit]

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.