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]

    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: Agencies


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