Hussain Siraj has been elected President of the Bar Council of the Maldives. The executive committee election was held Sunday, with the voting window spanning from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Siraj won the presidency of the council, vying against Mohamed Faisal. Of the 991 members registered to participate in the election, 396 legal practitioners exercised their voting rights. Siraj garnered 224 votes, while Faisal secured 172 votes.

Siraj, currently the Vice Chairman at the Maldives International Arbitration Centre, brings an extensive repertoire of experience to his new role. He has previously served as a member of the Elections Commission (EC), even holding the position of Vice Chairman. In 2014, he was part of the committee formulated to adjudicate cases lodged against Supreme Court justices.

Presently a senior consultant at S&A Lawyers LP, Siraj boasts over two decades of professional experience. His areas of specialisation encompass corporate law, contract law, construction law, and employment law. Siraj, an alumnus of Middlesex University London, has also held the position of Chairperson at Transparency Maldives (TM) and served as a Member of the Board at Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA).

The presidency of the bar council was rendered vacant following the demise of the former President Ismail Wisham, who passed away on 31 January.