President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has on Monday reconstituted the board for the Local Government Authority (LGA), as per Article 59 (a) (2) of the Decentralisation Act (Act No. 7/2010).
The President appointed the Minister of Home Affairs, Sheikh Imran Abdullah, as the Chairman. This is to fulfill the obligation under Article 140 of the Maldives’ Constitution, which mandates that a cabinet member should be responsible for overseeing bodies established by the legislature or executive (with the exception of constitutionally-mandated independent state bodies).
Following Article 64 of the Decentralisation Act, President Solih appointed Fathmath Afshan Latheef as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the LGA Board. Further, the President appointed the Minister of State for Finance, Ahmed Shareef, to the LGA board to oversee all financial matters of the authority as per Article 59 of the Decentralisation Act.