12 Feb '12, 10am

Ex-Maldives president rejects US compromise call

Ex-Maldives president rejects US compromise call

MALE: Ousted Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday rejected a US call for compromise and dismissed proposals for a unity government to end political unrest in the Indian Ocean nation. Nasheed, who insists he was removed in a coup, told supporters overnight in the capital Male that he would press for snap elections instead of recommending his party consider a coalition with his former deputy who succeeded him. "We want an election and we will campaign for it," Nasheed told large, cheering crowds, who later dispersed peacefully. Nasheed said his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) did not accept the new government as legitimate. He also repeated his calls for an independent investigation into the alleged coup that toppled him and accused the police and military of carrying out arrests of MDP supporters and those linked to his administration. His remarks came hours after ...

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