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Maldives President Resigns After Coup

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  1. ManuSankar

    ManuSankar Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Maldives' President Mohamed Nasheed resigned Tuesday after what government officials described as a coup by some police officers and opposition figures linked to a former president.

    "I don't want to hurt any Maldivian. I feel my staying on in power will only increase the problems, and it will hurt our citizens," Mr. Nasheed said in a televised address. "So the best option available to me is to step down."

    Mr. Nasheed was succeeded by his vice president, Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik.

    On Tuesday morning, some 300 to 400 opposition demonstrators, including renegade police officers, took to the streets in Male, the capital of the Indian Ocean state, to call for the resignation of Mr. Nasheed, who came to power in 2008 after the country's first-ever democratic elections, the official said.

    Some of those demonstrators later attacked the offices of Mr. Nasheed's Maldives Democratic Party and broke into the offices of the state television, the person said. The rebels used control of the TV station to broadcast messages calling for a broader rebellion against Mr. Nasheed's government.

    At first presidential officials attempted to play down the threats to Mr. Nasheed's administration and said he would stay on in power. But after some defections in the army as well as the police, Mr. Nasheed realized he had no option but to resign, said a senior official in the president's office.

    "The other choice is a brutal crackdown," the official said. "We've lost control of the police…and there have been some army defections."

    The official said loyal army units had fired tear-gas canisters at protesters earlier in the day but denied the use of rubber bullets. The army denied it had been involved in the coup.

    Mr. Nasheed came to power in 2008, ending 30 years of government under former president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Before taking office, Mr Nasheed was a pro-democracy activist. He spent almost six years in jail as a prisoner under Mr. Gayoom's administration after claiming irregularities in elections.

    The protests Tuesday were led by people close to Mr. Gayoom, said the official in the president's office. Local reports said Mr. Gayoom was traveling in Malaysia. Immediate attempts to contact him were not successful.

    The Maldives, a chain of more than 1,000 islands, is widely known as a tropical tourist destination for the world's wealthy. But the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the island each year generally bypass Male, the overcrowded capital where young people are underemployed and heroin addiction has become a problem.

    Tourism since the 1970s has transformed the economy, contributing a third to gross domestic product, but also led to divergent living standards. A third of the country's 400,000 people still rely on fishing for a living. Islamist groups in recent years have stepped up their criticism of the government, including for allowing the tourist industry to develop.

    Mr. Nasheed had tried to get the world's attention by positioning the country as one of the biggest losers if climate change continues to push up sea levels. In 2009, his cabinet held an underwater meeting in scuba gear to highlight their concerns.

    But Mr. Nasheed has also faced criticism at home for his attempts to remove a senior judge who the government believes is an ally of Mr. Gayoom.

    The government, since coming to power in 2008, has investigated Mr. Gayoom on allegations of corruption while he was in office but has not charged him. Mr. Gayoom denies wrongdoing.

    Three weeks ago, Mr. Nasheed ordered the army to arrest the judge, Abdulla Mohamed. Mr. Mohamed, a senior criminal court judge, had refused to step down following a ruling of gross misconduct by a constitutional body that oversees the judiciary. That move led to street protests that gathered pace in the past few weeks.

    Maldives President Resigns After Coup - WSJ.com
     
  2. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    india would do well to carefully watch the scene. maldives has recently signed a deal with chinese. it wd be good idea to make a deal with new govt and put pressure and cancel that chinese deal
     
  3. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    Nobody can cancle a deal signed by prior govt. until it is provred that corruption and unfairness is involved.
     
  4. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    I think Tomorrow morning Indian Peace Keeping ARMY landed in Maldives........................

    If we not in the evening Chinese go there............
     
  5. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    No we and Chinese will not go there. it will be against the policy India and China has taken over Libya and Syria.
     
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