Maldives protests amid coup claims

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Supporters of the former president of the Maldives rioted yesterday demanding his reinstatement as new leader Mohammed Waheed Hassan appealed for unity.

Mohamed Nasheed, the nation’s first democratically-elected president, now says he was forced to resign at gunpoint on Tuesday.

Nasheed left office after police joined street protests because he sacked a judge who freed a government critic. The Government has denied claims there was a coup