Kaafu Atoll Council President Mohamed Nimal has resigned, citing difficulties in fulfilling his duties while being away from home. Nimal, who is also the vice-president of the main ruling party, the People’s National Congress (PNC), announced his resignation in a post to social media on Sunday.

I am always grateful to the people for giving me the opportunity to serve Malé Atoll. I have resigned as the atoll council president effective today as I have difficulties in working away from home due to personal commitments.

Mohamed Nimal, the former President of Kaafu Atoll Council, outlining his reasons for resigning his position.

The secretariat of Kaafu Atoll Council is located in the atoll’s capital island of Thulusdhoo. While Nimal announced his resignation from the post, rumours had circulated, during the transitional period, that he would be appointed to a political post within the Mohamed Muizzu administration.

Speaking with local media about his resignation, Nimal hinted that he is likely to assume a political position soon.

“I am with President Muizzu. To go to a [political] position one would have to resign from one’s current position, so there is a possibility,” Nimal said.