President Mohammed Waheed Hassan has conceded to public pressure by scheduling Maldives’ second ever election for July 2013, the earliest date permitted by the constitution. He has been in power only since February when his predecessor, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned.
Throughout the spring, the opposition party and public protests demanded elections be called immediately as Hassan’s ascendancy was allegedly illegal. Nasheed had claimed that he was forced to resign by Hassan and challenged the current president to order an early election.
Maldives is off to a rough start in its democratic infancy as Nasheed was the first ever democratically-elected president of the archipelago nation when he came to office in 2008.