During a recent visit to New York, former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives had a warning for other fledgling democracies. "I would like to tell our friends in the Middle East -- okay, you've been able to get rid of the dictatorship, but please be mindful -- they come back with a vengeance," Nasheed told The Huffington Post.
On Feb. 7, 2012, Nasheed offered his resignation as president of the Maldives in a surprise move. Initially denying that his resignation came under duress, Nasheed later said that he was forced to resign at gunpoint, calling the incident a "coup." Nasheed's vice president, Mohamed Waheed, who claims the country's transition was constitutional, was sworn in as the Maldives' interim president.