Mohamed Nasheed
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Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed resigns amid unrest

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has resigned after weeks of demonstrations and a mutiny by some police officers.

In an address on state TV, he said it would be "better for the country in the current situation" if he stood down.

Earlier, a group of mutinying police officers took control of the state broadcaster in the capital, Male.

Vice-President Waheed Hassan was sworn in vowing to uphold the "rule of law".

Nick Childs reports.

  • 07 Feb 2012
  • From the section World