Maldives swears in new president

Former political prisoner becomes country’s first democratically elected leader.

Nasheed comes to power after three decades of Gayoom's unchallenged rule [File: AFP]
Nasheed comes to power after three decades of Gayoom's unchallenged rule [File: AFP]

But Maldives faces a housing shortage, rising crime and drug abuse.

The outgoing president had campaigned for re-election, saying he was the only individual who could implement changes across the country. The opposition, however, accused Gayoom of using corruption and strong-arm tactics to maintain his rule.

Gayoom had survived at least three coup attempts.

The Maldives, a Sunni Muslim nation of 300,000 people, has never held multi-party elections before.

Source : News Agencies

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