Opposition Vice-President MP Ahmed Shiyam has criticized the current administrations decision to appoint former Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem to the post of Minister of Health. The Naifaru Constituency MP made a tweet remarking on the appointment and accused the current administration of nepotism.
In his tweet, MP Ahmed Shiyam stated that “Even though the ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) has the words “democratic” in its name, the only thing we are seeing under their government is “Nepotism”.” MP Ahmed Shiyam made this remark due to the new Health Minister Ahmed Naseem’s lack of experience in the health field and his close familial connection to speaker of the Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed and the First lady Fazna Ahmed.
He further stated that “On the National Youth Day, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has shown that there is no future for the Youths of this Nation”. He further stated that the current administration had bankrupted the state and compromised the nations independence and sovereignty.
MP Ahmed Shiyam’s allegations of nepotism within the current administration is backed by multiple instances of outright nepotism within the government. One such notable cases which cause public outrage was when the Foreign Minister appointed his own son to the Maldivian High Commission in UK.