Maldives President Mohamed Waheed steps down
In the face of mounting international pressure, Mohamed Waheed has stepped down as President of the Maldives on the eve of the second round of the controversy-ridden presidential polls and left the country.
Waheed, who took office when the first democratically elected President Mohamed Nasheed resigned under duress in February 2012, had been under pressure from India and Western powers to step down after his tenure ended on November 10.
He told the media he would pay a private visit to Singapore. Though he said he would come back to the Maldives, Waheed did not specify a return date, Haveeru portal reported.
Pressure: Mohamed Waheed resigned
A run-off between Nasheed, who led the first round of the presidential polls on November 9, and his rival Abdulla Yameen is scheduled for today. The current polls mark the Maldives' third attempt to elect a new President since September.
In a TV address to the nation on Thursday, Waheed claimed his government had refused to bow down to foreign pressure and upheld the legal framework and orders of the constitutional institutions of the country.
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