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UN backs Maldives' new leader's call for unity government, though ousted leader calls for vote
MALE, Maldives (AP) ' The United Nations has backed Maldives' new leader's proposal for a national unity government though the ousted leader is calling for a snap poll to resolve a political crisis.
U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco on Monday called on all parties to come together "on the principle of inclusiveness and national unity."
Former President Mohamed Nasheed resigned last Tuesday after months of public protests and fading support from the police and military. His vice president succeeded him and has been forming a government.
Nasheed later claimed he was forced out at gunpoint in a coup and demanded an early election.