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Warranted former Maldivian president demands an early election

02-10-2012 10:21 BJT Special Report:Maldives President Resigns |

MALE, Feb. 10 (Xinhua)-- Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has demanded an early election amidst claims that he was ousted at gunpoint by police on Tuesday.

Nasheed, who is now facing an arrest warrant from a criminal court for charges not known, participated in a public rally Thursday night and demanded "an election as soon as possible."

The former president also assured that his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) would be the sole winner in any future election.

He stressed that his successor, former Vice President Mohamed Waheed, became the first citizen unlawfully and in an undemocratic manner.

"I believe Waheed should step down," he said amidst shouts of anti-governmental slogans by nearly 1,000 supporters at a public hall in capital Male. Nasheed vowed to fight until he returns to office.

As the island nation's first elected president after three decades of one party government, Mohamed Nasheed was scheduled to complete his tenure in October 2013, but announced an early resignation on Feb. 7. A day after, thousands of his supporters took to the streets, claiming Nasheed was forced to resign at gunpoint and termed it a coup. They led an anti-government demonstration in Male which was controlled by police using tear gas and batten charges. The protesters set fire to nearly 20 police stations and court houses.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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