The Commissioner General of Taxation and head of the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA), Fathuhulla Jameel, will resign from his post to contest the upcoming 20th Parliamentary Elections, it has been reported.

Jameel had met with senior MIRA officials last week and discussed his imminent resignation, according to a senior official at MIRA. No specific date for his resignation was given, the official said.

“He said he would resign very soon. He also shared some details,” the MIRA senior official said.

Jameel is seeking to contest the upcoming 20th parliamentary elections for his home constituency of Thimarafushi where he intends to contest on a Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) ticket, according to the official.

While the MDP primary is scheduled to be held on the 3 February, there are, at present, no candidates listed for the Thimarafushi constituency. Thimarafushi is among five constituencies where no member is listed to be contesting in the party’s primaries.

The administration aligned Progressive Congress coalition, a coalition between the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC), will also field a candidate, who won the ticket for the constituency without contest in the coalition’s primaries, for Thimarafushi in the Parliamentary elections.