is one of the seven short-lived provinces of the Maldives
. The provinces were created in a decentralization attempt by the Nasheed
administration in 2008. It was governed by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ms. Thilmeeza Hussain. Rejecting this change, the Parliament
saw the abolition of the province system in 2010, through a newly enacted Decentralization Act
. It consisted of Gnaviyani
Atoll and Addu
City. Its capital was Hithadhoo
. Its population (2006 census) was 25,662.