Jumhooree Party spokesperson Ahmed Sameer said that Shareef – who also serves as one of two ministers at the President’s Office – cannot be appointed to the position as he cannot be held accountable to the Majlis.
The former MDP member has suggested amendments that resulted in the removal of two Supreme court judges were requested by the former president. Nasheed has denied the claims.
In a letter addressed to MDP Chairperson Ali Waheed, Moosa described the decision as “discriminatory”, saying it was a step taken to defend the interests of a “few influential” people within the party.
“While the entire world has started to see Malé City as a lair that harbours members of the Islamic State or extremist militants, foreign artists performing here will show the world what the situation here is truly like,” the tourism minister told Haveeru.
The President’s Office said Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim is abroad on a personal trip and charged tourism minister Ahmed Adeeb with the defense portfolio.
Van Doorn was formerly a politician with the far-right Dutch Freedom Party, assisting its leader Geert Wilder in distributing the short film ‘Fitna’ which argues that Islam promotes terrorism, anti-Semitism, and violence against women
“Entertainment activities and events are an important part of a society” read a statement obtained by Haveeru. “But these activities must abide by our religious and social traditions”.
The economic development minister has announced that it will be illegal to hire foreigners as cashiers from April next year. Meanwhile, President Yameen pledged a policy of ‘Maldivian work for Maldivians’.
Tourism minister Ahmed Adeeb said that the artist had been forced to cancel his appearance following pressure from fans and media in Jamaica. He revealed that the concert will go on, with the addition of a second event on January 8.