Sheikh Muslim Guiamaden (photo by Google)

Sheikh Muslim Guiamaden is new BARMM Wali

Cotabato City- Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution, Monday appointing Sheikh Muslim Guiamaden as new Wali of BARMM.
Guiamaden was former chief justice of the Shariah Supreme Court of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said a Mindanews report Wednesday. 

As a new Wali, Quiamaden began performing his functions during the opening of the third regular session of the BTA Parliament.

In his message during the parliament’s opening ceremony, Guiamaden said, “As Wali of the Bangsamoro, I would like to express my sincere commitment to support the priority agenda, plans, and policies of the Bangsamoro Government in line with building a good nation,” Guiamaden said during the opening ceremony at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC) here.

The first BARMM Wali was Sheikh Khalipha Usman Nando, who served until his death in February 5, 2023. He was one of the co-founders of the MILF and also served as chief justice of the MILF Shari’ah Supreme Court, the Mindanews report said.
The Wali, which in the context of Islam refers to a special person tasked as guardian and protector, holds essential powers, like dissolving the parliament upon the advice of the Chief Minister should there be a vote of no confidence against the government, and call for new elections, the report said.

Being the ceremonial head, Guiamaden’s duties include administering oaths of office and attending public events.
Guiamaden was among two in a shortlist that the Bangsamoro Council of Leaders recommended. The council is responsible for advising the Chief Minister on governance matters.

BTA Deputy Speaker Atty. Lanang T. Ali describes Sheikh Guiamaden’s appointment as Wali is “a testament to the region’s dedication to self-determination and a symbol of the Bangsamoro’s resilience and strong sense of cultural pride.”