NYTimes Article A Conversation With: Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan

Mohammed Waheed Hassan, president of the Maldives, concluded a five-day state visit to India last week, his first since taking over in February after Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader, stepped down. Mr. Nasheed said he was forced to leave in a coup that was orchestrated by loyalists to Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the former dictator.

During his visit to India, Mr. Hassan rejected calls from Mr. Nasheed and others for early elections, saying that under the constitution, the next elections in Maldives could not be held earlier than July 2013.

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