Maldives pres-elect asks parties to nominate cabinet members

Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has asked the political parties in the opposition parties to nominate members to the ministerial cabinet.

As Solih takes the oath of office as the country's seventh president next week, the veteran lawmaker has asked the four parties to nominate names for the cabinet.

A senior opposition official said the parties were now in internal discussions to nominate names for the cabinet. However, the final decision on the cabinet would be taken by the president-elect himself, the official said.

AVAS has earlier reported Solih's cabinet would include 22 cabinet members excluding the Attorney General.

An opposition source told AVAS that 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 business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim's Jumhoory Party (JP) and 20 percent for former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. 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.