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Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor (Dhivehi: އަހުމަދު އަދީބު އަބްދުލް ޤަފޫރު; born 11 April 1982) is a Maldivian politician who briefly served as Vice President of Maldives in 2015. Prior to his appointment on 22 July 2015, he served as the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Ahmed Adeeb
އަހުމަދު އަދީބު
5th Vice President of the Maldives
In office
22 July 2015 – 5 November 2015
PresidentAbdulla Yameen
Preceded byMohamed Jameel Ahmed
Succeeded byAbdulla Jihad
Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture
In office
12 February 2012 – 22 July 2015
PresidentMohamed Waheed Hassan
Abdulla Yameen
Preceded byDr. Mariyam Zulfa
Succeeded byMoosa Zameer
Vice President of Progressive Party of Maldives
In office
18 January 2013 – 27 October 2015
Personal details
Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor

(1982-04-11) 11 April 1982 (age 37)
Malé, Maldives
Political partyMaldives Third Way Democrats
Other political
Progressive Party of Maldives
Aminath Liusha
(m. 2006; div. 2018)
Maryam Nashwa (m. 2015)
Alma materStaffordshire University
Edith Cowan University
Ahmed Adeeb with some youth leaders who joined Progressive Party of Maldives in their Grand Rally.


Early career and family lifeEdit

Ahmed Adeeb was born and raised in Male' City. Adeeb is the son of Abdul Ghafoor Adam and Shaheema Mohamed.

Ahmed Adeeb attended the Majeediyya School for his primary education before receiving his degree from Staffordshire University in 2007. He received his Master of Business Administration Degree from Edith Cowan University in 2008.

Adeeb began his career in 2001 at Maldives Customs Services. After graduating in 2008 he started work as the Chief Operating Officer at Millennium Capital Holdings Pvt Ltd, before he got elected as the Treasurer of Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MNCCI) the same year. He was later elected as President of the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MNCCI) in 2011. Adeeb stepped into the national spotlight in 2009 as a young academic discussing various economic issues relating to the government.

He became the fifth Vice President of Maldives on 22 July 2015.

On 24 October 2015 it was announced that Adeeb had been arrested by Maldives police in connection with a 28 September 2015 bomb attack which targeted President Abdulla Yameen.

On 5 November, Adeeb was removed from office as Vice President by a no confidence vote from the People's Majlis.[1]

Dhoonidhoo prison island

He is currently held in Dhoonidhoo prison awaiting trial.

Political careerEdit

After the controversial resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed on 7 February 2012, President Waheed appointed Ahmed Adeeb as Tourism Minister.[2] After Abdulla Yameen was sworn in as President of Maldives, on 17 November 2013, Ahmed Adeeb was appointed as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.[3] Apart from being the Tourism Minister, Ahmed Adeeb was also the chair of the Economic Council. Ahmed Adeeb is a major stakeholder in Maldives politics.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Ahmed Adeeb married Fathimath Liusha in 2006 and belongs to an affluent family in Male’. His wife has been pillar of strength to him even before his political career. Together, they have two children, a son and a daughter.

Vice PresidencyEdit

In July 2015, President Abdulla Yameen appointed Ahmed Adeeb as the Vice President of Maldives. The oath taking ceremony was held at the President’s Office where the oath was administered by Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed. The People’s Majlis approved his nomination with 70 votes in favor. Ahmed Adeeb was the youngest vice president in the world at the time.


  1. ^ "Maldives crisis: Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb removed from power". Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor was appointed as Minister of Tourism by H.E. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom". Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Maldives. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2019.