A slice for all with coalition govt set for 'mega' cabinet

Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to be sworn in later this month to lead the coalition government with a 22 member cabinet, it has emerged.

The new government has remained tight-lipped over the size of its cabinet so far but with many fearing that it would be well-over the 15 in the incumbent government.

According to a senior opposition official who wished to remain anonymous, Solih's cabinet would include 22 cabinet members excluding the Attorney General.

The source said the coalition has already agreed the composition of the cabinet with each political party to get a percentage.

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) would get 40 percent, with 25 percent each for former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim's Jumhoory Party (JP). The other main party in the coalition, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) would receive the smallest slice with 15 percent, the source detailed.

According to the source, the ministries have also been categorized and would be equally represented by the four parties.

The official also shed some light into plans to separate ministries with super portfolios. The current Ministry of Youth and Sports will become two separate ministries under the new government, while the heritage department presently under the education ministry would become a separate portfolio, the source explained.

AVAS also understands that the new government also plans to create a new science and technology ministry with civil aviation also tipped to become a separate ministry.

Many across social networking sites have been calling on the new government to reveal the "deals" under which the coalition would function.