The idyllic tourist destination of the Maldives has descended into violence and political chaos after a revolt by police officers led to the resignation of the country's first democratically elected president in decades.
(CNN) Malé - President Mohamed Nasheed said in a nationally televised address that he was stepping down because he didn't feel he was able to maintain security and peace in the country, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
"This morning, about 500 opposition supporters along with some Islamic hardliners protested outside the army headquarters, shouting slogans and some police officers mutinied and joined them," Nasheed's spokeman said. "And so, the president was in a situation where he could either tell the army to forcibly crack down on the protesters or he could step down. He chose the latter."