In a press briefing at the President-Elect’s Office on Monday, spokesperson Mohamed Firzul Abdulla Haleel conveyed the office’s concern regarding potential changes in state-owned company accounts and the recruitment of new employees during the transition phase.
Haleel emphasized that it is essential for the government to maintain stability during this period. He requested the Ministry of Finance to provide comprehensive information on the state’s finances and forecasts for the upcoming year.
Transition committees are set to begin visiting government offices and agencies starting on Monday.
Notably, last week, President-Elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu penned a letter to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, outlining seven specific requests for the transition period. These requests include refraining from hiring new employees in state bodies and abstaining from altering salary structures.
Haleel brought attention to the fact that while the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has provided guidelines for recruitment and position creation within government agencies, there have been reports of recruitment by institutions not governed by the civil service.
He highlighted the upcoming parliamentary agenda, which includes the appointment of ambassadors to two countries, a prerogative of the president. However, Haleel expressed hope that the Solih government would act in the spirit of the transitional phase.
In closing, Haleel urged against any alterations to records or processes, including the issuance of receipts on previous dates. He stressed the importance of formulating the budget with the understanding that the new government should have the opportunity to include projects in the budget planning process.