The Parliament on Tuesday approved the appointment of Aminath Shauna as the Minister of the newly-created Ministry Environment, Climate Change and Technology.
Shauna, who was previously employed as the Policy Secretary of the President's Office, was appointed as the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology on May 5. The Parliament's Government Oversight Committee approved Shauna's appointment on May 25.
During the vote taken on Tuesday, 57 parliamentarians that participated in the vote voted to approve Shauna's ministerial slot while 8 members voted against her appointment.
While the president dissolved the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology and renamed the Ministry of Environment as the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology in May, the administrative reorganisation of the government was also approved by the Parliament.
With the dissolution of the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology is mandated with undertaking the functions and responsibilities of the dissolved office. Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, previously the Minister of Environment, was appointed as Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture. Although approval for Dr. Hussain's appointment was also sought from the parliament, the matter is currently on hold as a legal opinion from the Parliament's Counsel General is being sought as Dr. Hussain has a share in a local company.