Maldives pres asks parties to nominate state, deputy ministers

New Maldives president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has asked parties of the coalition government to nominate state and deputy ministers, AVAS understands.

A top coalition official told AVAS on Tuesday, that president Solih would appoint state and deputy ministers in accordance with the pre-agreed percentage for each political party in the coalition.

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.

According to the official, MDP would get to nominate 15 state ministers and 20 deputy ministers while JP would be given 10 state ministers and 12 deputy minister slots.

Gayoom's Maumoon Reform Movement (MRM) are set to nominate eight state ministers and 10 deputy ministers with Adhaalath offered six state ministers and eight deputy minister posts.

According to the official, Solih would appoint a total 39 state ministers and 50 deputy ministers to add to his 19 member cabinet.

Despite public pressure on the new government to reveal the "deals" under which the coalition would function, the coalition had assured that Solih's government would be made up of less political posts than his predecessor.