19 ministries in Solih’s cabinet

President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s cabinet will have new ministries but fewer political appointees, his spokeswoman Mariya Ahmed Didi announced Tuesday.There will be a 16 percent drop in the wage bill as the number of political appointees will be reduced, the lawmaker told the press, as there are more than 700 political posts in the 15 ministries of President Abdulla Yameen’s outgoing administration.The number of appointees will be reduced by about 100, she added.There will be 19 line ministries in Solih’s administration, not including the Attorney General’s office.Cabinet ministers, who are expected to be nominated by the four coalition partners, will be announced later, Mariya said.Solih is due to take the oath of office on November 17.

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