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Hussein Niyazy appointed as the new Auditor General.

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has appointed a new Auditor General. At a ceremony held tonight, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih appointed Hussein Niyazy as the new Auditor General of the Maldives.

Hussein Niyazy took the oath of office before Supreme Court Justice Uz. Mahaz Ali Zahir.

The newly appointed Auditor General Hussein Niyazy is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Prior to his appointment, he has served at various posts within the Auditor General’s office including the post of Assistant Auditor General.

He is also a council member of the Maldives Institute of Chartered Accountants.

The Auditor General’s post was left vacant following Hassan Ziyath’s resignation after his name was listed on the MMPRC Persons of Interest list. Hassan Ziyath was accused of being involved with the MMPRC corruption scandal which saw his brother, Abdulla Ziyath alongside former VP Ahmed Adeeb embezzle more than $80 million through the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.

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Motion to dismiss president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was omitted from today’s Parliamentary sitting.

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With the corruption accusations by former tourism Minister Ali Waheed, against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, MP for Maduvvari constituency Adam Shareef submitted an  emergency motion to dismiss President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih from official duties. HoweverMajlis declined to agenda the motion for today’s parliamentary sitting.

The emergency motion submitted by MP Shareef states that Former Tourism Minister on trial for 7 counts of sexual abuse Ali Waheed accused President Solih of profiting from the MMPRC corruption. The motion also dictates that since Waheed has stated that there is CCTV footage proving President Solih’s alleged crime, it should be investigated transparently by the Maldives Police and Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

At the press conference held by Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed, last night, stated that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received over MVR 35 million through the MMPRC corruption. Answering to a question raised by a journalist Ali Waheed also stated that it was not one time that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received money through MMPRC corruptionand that in several different occasions President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received money through the MMPRC corruption.

Ali Waheed also mentioned that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solihs name was in the initial MMPRC beneficiary list. And that during the initial investigation Former Assistant Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz removed President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s name from the MMPRC beneficiary list..

This is not the first time Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been accused of receiving corruption money through MMPRC corruption. Opposition party has also accused President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for being a beneficiary of MMPRC corruption.

The former Tourism Minister Ali Waheedcurrently residing in the United Kingdom, was sentenced to prison by the Maldives Supreme Court upon failure to appear in court for a hearing regarding 7 counts of sexual assault.

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Rasfannu beach area closed due to Oil spill. Opening date unconfirmed.

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Due to the oil spill that happened near Rasfannu, the beach area and sea area have been closed until further.

Male’ city council informed that due to an oil tanker that washed ashore near Rasfannu bursting and contaminating the ocean and beach area, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised closing of the beach as it may have harmful effects on the locals who visit. Until the area is completely clean, it will be closed off to the public.

EPA director general Ibrahim Naeem stated that the oil that’s washing up at Rasfannu beach is oil that’s stuck between the rocks and the barrier. He stated that the reasoning for the oil leak is unclear.

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) stated that lifeguards are diving and cleaning the oil spill as well as Police forces are working on cleaning the area.

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In the first 8 months of this year, 51-million-rufiyaa worth of Zakat Al-Mal.

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In just the first 8 months of 2021, 51 million rufiyaa has been received by Zakat Al-Mal.

According to statistics released by Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) in august 2021, there has been an increase of 17.8 million rufiyaa in Zakat Al-Mal in comparison to the first 8 months of 2021. From January-August 2020, MIRA had noted receiving 33.3 million rufiyaa in Zakat.

In 2021, from January-August 2021, in just 8 months MIRA had received 55 million rufiyaa and 18119 American dollars. In 2020 MIRA had received 11.4 million rufiyaa and 4264 American dollars as Zakat Al-Mal.

Zakat Al-Mal is when a person’s wealth reaches the minimum amount, they must pay a set amount as a religious obligation.  This can be paid any time of the year.

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