President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has assigned Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail as the acting Minister of Communications, Science, and Technology.

This comes after earlier today, former Communications Minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamal lost a vote of no-confidence taken against him at the parliament and subsequently was dismissed from his post.

Presidential Spokesperson Mohamed Mabrook Azeez had confirmed Minister Fayyaz's appointment as Acting Communications Minister on Twitter.

Minister Fayyaz temporarily took over the Tourism Ministry after Former Minister Ali Waheed was fired over allegations of sexual harassment against him by female staff working at the Ministry.

Former Minister Maleeh's dismissal at the hands of the parliament is the first time a minister from the Administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had been dismissed by the legislative house upon losing a vote of no-confidence.

Out of the 70 MPs who took part in the parliament sitting today, 59 voted for the dismissal of the Minister, who the majority party of the ruling coalition MPD say have failed in performing the duties as the Minister of Communications.

One MP had voted against his dismissal while four others refrained from voting in the no-confidence vote.

Earlier today, Minister Maleeh had struck a defiant tone after he was summoned to the floor of the parliament during the debate of the motion on his dismissal saying that said all the procedures related to his possible dismissal through a vote of no-confidence from the parliament have been full of deception and lies.