MALE, Feb 7 � Maldives� first democratically elected President resigned today after a police mutiny described by his office as an attempted coup, capping three weeks of political upheaval in the holiday paradise. �It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign. I don�t want to run the country with an iron-fist. I am resigning,� President Mohamed Nasheed told a televised press conference.
Early in the day, rebel police officers joined anti-government protests that have rocked the capital Male for the past three weeks. They later took over state television and began broadcasting an opposition channel. � PTI