Maldives leader agrees to early election


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The Independent Online

A top Indian diplomat says the new president in the Maldives has agreed to hold early elections to break a political impasse after his predecessor resigned.

India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters Thursday that President Mohammed Waheed Hassan agreed during talks with him to work on holding an election "as early as considered feasible by all concerned."

Former President Mohamed Nasheed stepped down last week after weeks of public protests and subsequent loss of support from armed forces and police. Then-Vice President Waheed replaced him.

Nasheed has since claimed he was ousted in a coup and called for an early presidential election. It is currently scheduled for October 2013.