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Maldives commission rejects coup allegations

(Xinhua)

10:00, August 31, 2012

MALE, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Commission of National Inquiry ( CoNI) in the Maldives found Thursday that current President Mohamed Waheed Hassan assumed office in February in accordance with the law.

The final report by the commission was made public after a copy was handed over to the president, the president's office said.

Addressing the nation after accepting the report President Waheed called for calm and national unity and urged the public to work for the betterment of the country.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed and his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had been protesting since February alleging that Nasheed was forced to resign at gunpoint.

Amidst calls for an independent investigation by the Commonwealth and others in the international community, President Waheed appointed the Commission of National Inquiry.

"There is no question but that each step prescribed by the Constitution regarding resignation of the president and assumption of office by an incoming president was fulfilled. The assumption of office of the president by Dr. Waheed on the afternoon of 7 February 2012 was in accordance with the Constitution," the report said.

The MDP has however refused to accept the report as Nasheed's nominee to the commission resigned just a day before the report was released claiming he could not carry out his mandated duties.

Nasheed and MDP supporters also commenced street protest on Wednesday night against the government after earlier suspending the protest to pave the way for dialogue.

A tight police presence was seen in the capital Male in order to ensure law and order prevails during the release of the key report.

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