08 Feb '12, 2pm

World’s most environmentally outspoken president forced to resign at gunpoint

Yesterday, we told you that Mohamed Nasheed, president of the climate change-threatened Maldives, stepped down from his office. Today it’s become clearer that he was forced to step down — at gunpoint. Yesterday, his aides said that Nasheed was being held against his will and his party, the Maldivian Democratic Party, called the move to oust him a “coup d’etat.” On Wednesday, Nasheed was able to meet with supporters and, according to the BBC , told reporters: “I was forced to resign at gunpoint. There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn’t hesitate to use them if I didn’t resign.” Protesters in the Maldives had been clamoring against Nasheed’s arrest of a judge who had ordered the release of a government critics. Nasheed has worked as president to raise awareness of climate change issues and the threat it posed to his nation and others. The climate campaigne...

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