Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi was appointed as the new Chief Justice and received his letter of appointment on Thursday.
He was given the letter of appointment by President Abdulla Yameen at a special ceremony held at the President’s Office on Thursday morning.
At the ceremony former High Court judges Abdulla Didi and Abdul Ghany Mohamed were appointed as Supreme Court Justices and given the letter of appointment as well.
The new justices were appointed after former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and former Justice Ali Hameed were found guilty of some of the charges pressed against them and sentenced to prison, losing their seats at Supreme Court.
According to the Constitution, the President has the power to appoint the Chief Justice and other Justices at Supreme Court.
Both Dr. Didi and the other justices were approved by votes from the 36 members that took part in the voting on Wednesday.
Dr. Didi received a First Class Honors PhD in Public International Law at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He served as Deputy Attorney General in 2008 and as the Counsel-General at the People’s Majlis in 2010. He was appointed as a Supreme Court Justice on August 10, 2010.
He is the third person to be appointed as the Chief Justice since the permanent Supreme Court was established in 2010, and the second Chief Justice appointed in the current administration.