Maldives president resigns

Feb 07, 2012 (LBO) – Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has resigned, news reports said. Hundreds of police started demonstrating early Tuesday in the capital, Male, after officials ordered them to withdraw protection for government and opposition supporters protesting close to each other, the AP news agency said.

The withdrawal resulted in a clash that injured at least three people.

Protests have become a daily occurrence in the Maldives after Nasheed ordered the arrest of a senior judge three weeks ago.

The chief judge of the country’s criminal court, Abdulla Mohamed, was taken into custody after ruling a government critic’s arrest was illegal and ordering him freed.

The Indian Ocean nation’s vice president, Supreme Court, Human Rights Commission, Judicial Services Commission and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights have all called for Mohamed to be released.

The government accuses the judge of political bias and corruption. It says that the country’s judicial system has failed and has called on the U.N to help solve the crisi