Male: Maldives new President Wednesday named
Mohamed Waheed Deen, a minister in the government of former
autocratic leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, as his deputy.
"The President has announced his name and will be sending
the name to the Parliament tomorrow," Masood Imad, Press
Secretary to the President said.
The Maldivian constitution stipulates that Vice-President
must be approved by the parliament.
Deen`s appointment came after President Mohamad Waheed
Hassan had stressed that he would appoint a Vice-President
with no political affiliations and had urged all political
parties not to influence his decision.
Deen is the owner of Bandos Island resort, one of the
prominent resorts in this archipelago nation and has also been
a minister for Atoll Affairs in Gayoom regime.
He has also been a member of Human Rights Commission of
Maldives. Hassan is in the process of cementing his position
as the head of a `unity government`.
He has already announced his cabinet but has left crucial
posts of Finance Minister and Foreign Minister vacant. At
present, the posts have been given as additional charge to two
ministers. Maldives was struck by political unrest last week
after then President Mohamad Nasheed resigned but later
claimed he was forced to do so.
He alleged there was a coup, a charge denied by the
current regime. Hassan, who was then the Vice President was
sworn in as the new President.
Nasheed has been demanding a snap poll which the current
regime says will take place as scheduled next year.
Interestingly, under the Maldivian constitution, even if
fresh polls are called and a new government comes into play,
their term will be only till the period the current term ends,
that is in November 2013.