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'Setback for democracy' in Maldives

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The Commonwealth is sending a team to the Maldives to investigate why the first democratically elected president of the Indian Ocean nation has suddenly been replaced.

Ex-president Mohamed Nasheed says he was ousted in a coup carried out Tuesday in a mutiny by police and military officers on the archipelago, best known as a get-away-from-it-all beach holiday destination.

Dr. Farahanaz Faizal, the country's former high commissioner in the UK, reflects on the political unrest there.


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