Sri Lankan President requests new Maldivian leader to ensure safety of his predecessor

Feb 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested the newly appointed Maldivian President Mohammed Waheed Hassan to ensure the safety of his deposed predecessor President Mohammad Nasheed.

Waheed Hassan has agreed to President Rajapaksa’s request, President’s spokesman Bandula Jayasekara told the media today.

Nasheed announced his resignation from the top post Tuesday amid unrest after police joined opposition-led protests to oust the country’s first democratically elected leader after he ordered the arrest of a senior judge.

However, he has later said that he was forced out of the office at gun point by police and Army officers in a coup, BBC reported.

Meanwhile, an AFP report quoting Sri Lankan President’s spokesman said a family member of the ex-president said Nasheed’s wife and daughter have fled to Colombo as violence worsens in the country.

“His wife and two children arrived and spoke to the president over the phone last evening,” Jayasekara has told AFP.

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