Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail appointed as Interim Tourism Minister

Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has been appointed as the Interim Tourism Minister after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sacked Ali Waheed from the post today.

Chief Communications Strategist at the President's Office, Ibrahim Hoodh confirmed that Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has been appointed as the interim Tourism Minister.

The decision comes after President Solih dismissed Ali Waheed from the position after several employees of the Tourism Ministry came forward with their stories of sexual harassment and assault by the Minister.

Some sources claim that the number of employees Ali Waheed had harassed was at 9 while some claim 7, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Some of the employees were also subject to harassment and assault outside the workplace as well.

One of the sources who spoke with ONE also noted that this had been going on for a while, and revealed that during an official trip to a resort one of the employees had jumped into the water to avoid being assaulted by the Minister.

Maldives Police Service have also confirmed that they have launched an investigation into the issue but refrained from sharing any further details.