A right wing coup deposed the first democratically elected president of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean last week.
The US immediately recognised the new regime—though it promises to seek “clarification” on how it came to power.
President Mohamed Nasheed stepped down on live TV after a police mutiny and three weeks of street protests.
Later he explained, “There were guns all around me and they told me they wouldn’t hesitate to use them if I didn’t resign.”
Nasheed was elected in 2008, promising to help the poor, fight corruption and challenge climate change.
The 1,190 islands of the Maldives are the world’s lowest lying nation.
Its population of 300,000 people are threatened by rising sea levels caused by global warming.