"It will be best for the country, in the present situation, if I quit. I do not want to run the country with an iron fist. I quit, "he told a televised news conference.
Vice President of the Maldives, Mohamed Waheed, was invested head of state Tuesday after the resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed.
"He was invested at a televised ceremony in parliament," said this source to reporters in parliament. Mr. Waheed should assume the role of head of state until the end of the mandate of the president resigned in November 2013.
Police rebels joined Tuesday in opposition protesters that affect the capital, Male, for three weeks.
The spokesman of the army, Colonel Abdul Raheem Addul Latheef, said that troops had used tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with protesters and police who had gathered outside the headquarters of the army in the capital.
"The sporadic clashes began after midnight and continued until 8 o'clock," he said.
The opposition demanded the arrest of outgoing President
An opposition leader in Maldives said Tuesday it had asked the army to arrest Mohamed Nasheed after his resignation. "We have asked the army to maintain (Nasheed) remanded in custody to answer for corruption and misuse of power," said Hassan Saeed, the head of the opposition party Dhivehi Quamee Party.
"His term was marred by nepotism and corruption and has often violated the Constitution," said Saeed, a few hours after the head of state, the first democratically elected in 2008, announced his resignation during a televised news conference.
"The resignation of Nasheed gives us a chance to restore the constitutional separation of justice and power and independence of justice. Nasheed has squandered a golden opportunity to build a nation ", he firmly told.
Controlled state television
Police rebels also took control of state television and began broadcasting an opposition channel. The army denied that a coup has occurred in the archipelago, but said he had advised the President to resign.
"It's not a coup. Absolutely not, "said the spokesman of the army, Abdul Raheem Abdul Latheef, by telephone from Male, shortly after the head of state announced his resignation.
The opposition demanded the head of the President because he had ordered the arrest last month of President of the Court of Assizes, accused by the power of misconduct and to have encouraged opposition figures. The Supreme Court and the Attorney General has requested his release, to no avail.
A government statement posted on the website of the President stated that "the Government of Maldives, alongside all state institutions, will work to ensure peace and stability in Male '.
"The Government of Maldives calls for support and to calm the population to stabilize the situation," the statement said.
A delegation from the Department of Political Affairs United Nations, led by its deputy general secretary, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, was expected Thursday in the archipelago to negotiate a way out of crisis.
The Foreign Minister, Ahmed Naseem, wrote last month in the office of High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations to ask for "emergency rush" a team of lawyers.
Mohammed Nasheed, imprisoned several times when he was in opposition, came to power in 2008 for a term of five years. He was the first democratically elected president in this archipelago of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean favorite with wealthy tourists in search of exoticism.
He created his party in exile, the Maldivian Democratic Party, before returning to the island as a hero and win 54% of the vote in 2008.
But his government has been regularly accused of corruption and financial mismanagement. Events, repressed, had already broken out in Spring 2011.
A high unemployment rate among young people, an increase of Islamic extremism and a downturn in tourism due to difficult global economic situation has fueled discontent with the administration of Mr. Nasheed.