Education Ministry orders textbook revision to state Waheed’s presidency legitimate

The Ministry of Education has ordered schools to revise grade 7 Social Studies textbook, and add the following statement:

“President Nasheed resigned on 7 February 2012 after three years and two months in office. Hence, according to the constitution, vice-president Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik was sworn in as president.”

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party condemned the move citing the party’s continued concerns over Waheed’s legitimacy. President Mohamed Nasheed claimed the February 7 transfer of power was a coup d’état.

International bodies, including the EU and the Commonwealth, have called for a speedy investigation into the transfer of power. The statement can be found here.