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Chronology of ex-Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 19:32

Male: Following is the chronology of events after former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed quit on February 7, 2012 in wake large-scale protests over the arrest of a top judge.

February 7, 2012: President Nasheed resigns following a weeks of protest by opposition which was supported by majority of military and police forces. Vice-president Mohamed Waheed sworn in as president of Maldives.

Feb 9, 2012: Wife and daughters of Nasheed flee to Colombo as situation worsens. A court issues an arrest order against Nasheed and his former defence minister.

Feb 10, 2012: Nasheed demands fresh polls. India dispatched a top official to assess the situation.

Feb 11, 2012: India asks Nasheed and his successor Waheed to resolve the complex situation peacefully and democratically.

Feb 13, 2012: Nasheed`s party alleges being threatened with terrorism charges by the new regime.

Feb 16, 2012: New Maldivian regime comes out with a roadmap to restore peace. Proposes early elections.

Feb 22, 2012: Maldives government appoints a commission to probe allegations of coup against it following Nasheed`s ouster.
Mar 1, 2012: Fresh violence erupts in Maldives.

Mar 25, 2012: Nasheed says he was shocked at the Indian and US government`s rapid decision to recognise the new regime after he was ousted in the February 7 "coup".

July 16, 2012: Nasheed is formally charged with illegally ordering the arrest of a senior judge of the criminal court and move that led to widespread protests.

Aug 30, 2012: A government-appointed inquiry commission says Nasheed was not ousted as President in a coup as claimed by him and the transfer of power was legal. It added that the resignation of Nasheed was voluntary and of his own free will.

Aug 31, 2012: Nasheed accepts the inquiry report but demands early polls.

Oct 8, 2012: Nasheed arrested as he failed to appear before a court to face charges of abuse of power while in office. He faced charges of power abuse over the arrest and subsequent detention of Chief Criminal Judge Abdulla Mohamed during his last days in office.

Oct 9, 2012: Nasheed was freed by the court and given 25 days to answer allegations of abusing power while in office.

Feb 13, 2012: Nasheed seeks refuge in the Indian High Commission in Male, where he went immediately after issuance of an arrest warrant against him by a Maldivian court.


First Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 19:29

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