"Trouble in Maldives as Eco Icon President Is Forced Out"

"The president of the Maldives resigned yesterday in what one aide described as a coup d'etat."

"President Mohamed Nasheed has been credited with bringing democracy to the archipelago and raising awareness of the impact of global warming, at one point holding a cabinet meeting subsea, in scuba gear.

But he has faced weeks of opposition protests and this week a police mutiny.

Mr Nasheed, the Indian Ocean islands' first democratically elected president, handed power to vice-president Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, explaining that continuing in office would result in his having to use force against the people."

The Scotsman had the story February 8, 2012.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012