The president of the Maldives has resigned, after clashes in the capital, Male, between soldiers and police who sided with anti-government protesters.
Mohamed Nasheed confirmed his resignation on Tuesday in a nationwide broadcast after police seized control of the state television station.
"It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign. I don't want to run the country with an iron fist. I am resigning," Nasheed said.
A statement issued by the president's office on Tuesday called for people to remain calm.
"The government of Maldives together with all state institutions will work to ensure peace and stability in Male," it said. Read more at http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/20122765334806442.html
I do not believe that we are in a situation of crisis here in the Maldives though…It was a peaceful power shift for the good of the nation and its people.