The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has formally appointed Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey), chairperson of the People’s National Congress (PNC), as the director-general of transition. 

His role will be to head the transitional committee overseeing the transfer of power to President-elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu. This appointment comes amidst cautionary guidelines issued by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) designed to safeguard the transition process from corruption and misconduct.

Abdul Raheem was nominated to the director-general role by the opposition PPM-PNC coalition earlier this week and confirmed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Thursday.

Mohamed Firuzul Abdulla Khaleel, a close aide to former Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, was also appointed as the spokesperson for the transitional committee.

President-elect Muizzu emerged victorious in last weekend’s presidential runoff, garnering 129,159 votes or 54 percent of the total, beating the incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who received 109,868 votes. Muizzu will officially assume office on 17 November.

Amid this political transition, the ACC has released a statement highlighting concerns over potential corruption and misconduct. The commission outlined five specific recommendations targeted at government bodies, agencies, and state-owned enterprises. These include the avoidance of launching new projects and prohibiting actions that may result in corruption in ongoing initiatives. 

The ACC also stressed the importance of not signing unbudgeted or unplanned agreements and maintaining proper documentation to ensure transparency.

“The commission remains vigilant on misconduct and corruption, to assess cases which require investigation,” read the ACC’s statement, as it called for the public to report any instances of corruption.