Ex-leader's supporters seize some Maldives posts

HUSSAIN SINAN KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Published:

MALE, Maldives (AP) -- Supporters of the Maldives former president have rioted through the streets and seized some police stations to demand his reinstatement.

The violence occurred Wednesday after the new president appealed for an end to the political turmoil roiling this Indian Ocean nation.

Residents told local reporters that as many as 10 police stations on small islands may have been seized. The Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 scattered islands, some of which have just a few hundred residents.

Former leader Mohamed Nasheed Nasheed resigned Tuesday and later said he was forced out in a coup at gunpoint.