Maldives President resigns following anti-government protests

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Mohamed Nasheed

The President of the Maldives has agreed to step down following anti-government protests that have polarized the Indian Ocean Island in recent months.

President Mohamed Nasheed has handed over his powers to his deputy.

Nasheed is the country's first democratically elected president and is widely credited with raising global awareness on the dangers to his nation of rising sea levels

Martin Nesirky is the UN Chief's spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General expresses his strong hope that this handover of power, which has been announced as a constitutional step to avoid further violence and instability, will lead to the peaceful resolution of the political crisis that has polarized the country in recent months. He calls on all Maldivians to refrain from violence and engage constructively in addressing the challenges their country is facing and to protect and build upon the important gains the Maldives has made in recent years in establishing democracy and rule of law".

Nesirky says the United Nations will remain a close partner of the Maldives and will continue to extend its support in the period ahead.

Duration: 29″

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