President-Elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has announced a significant reduction in the number of political posts. During a recent press conference, Mohamed Firuzul Abdulla Khaleel, the spokesperson for the Office of the President-Elect, shared details of this important decision.
Dr. Muizzu’s announcement sets a maximum cap of 700 political posts within his administration. This limit encompasses political appointments across various government authorities, including key offices such as the President’s Office, the President’s Official Residence, and the Vice President’s Official Residence.
To provide context, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration included over 1,000 political posts, while former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s term featured more than 800 political appointments. Consequently, Dr. Muizzu’s administration aims to be more streamlined in its political appointments, marking a significant reduction compared to the past two administrations.
Notably, this decision underscores President-Elect Dr. Muizzu’s commitment to prioritizing the recruitment of highly educated individuals with specific expertise in relevant fields for political positions. The move reflects a focus on competence and skill within the government and signals a departure from past practices.
As the transition period progresses, President-Elect Muizzu’s commitment to a more efficient and expert-driven administration is set to shape the Maldives’ political landscape in the years to come.