Stephen Sackur talks to the current Maldives president, Waheed Hassan Manik, who says his goal is to unify the nation. He came to power just a few weeks ago in what the former president Mohamed Nasheed claimed was a de facto coup.
The Maldives - which promotes itself as an Indian Ocean tourist heaven - is currently experiencing street protests, sporadic violence and parliamentary chaos but the new president says he is not opposed to an early election.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 15 March at 04:30, 09:30, 15:30 and 21:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Friday 16 March at 00:30 GMT and 04:30 GMT.
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