MALDIVES LEADER: OPEN TO INQUIRY

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STORY: MALDIVES LEADER: OPEN TO INQUIRYDATELINE: Feb. 12, 2012LENGTH: 0:02:09LOCATION: MALECATEGORY: POLITICSINTRONew Maldives President Mohamed Waheed says he is open to an inquiry on how he took office after his predecessor stepped down earlier this week.The announcement came as pressure begins to build up for clarification of the circumstances surrounding the power transfer.The ex-leader, Mohamed Nasheed, have taken to the streets to protest what he says is a coup, and demanded snap elections.But a senior U.S. diplomat urged the former president to join the new coalition, saying it's premature to have a snap poll.PKGU.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake paid a 12-hour visit to Maldives on Saturday.After talks with the Maldives' current and former presidents, Blake said the U.S. is committed to working with the new government and invited all parties to join it to form a grand coalition.He said he hoped the former president's Maldivian De
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