This happened last week, but I keep forgetting to comment on it – but it seems apt as the US forges a new future to note that the holiday destination of The Maldives last week voted out its dictator president and became a democracy.

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had ruled the island nation with a fairly iron fist for some 30 years – although most tourists would never see the oppression and political arrests as they were whisked away to their holiday chalets.

Former political prisoner, Mohamed Nasheed will now lead the country in its first attempt at a democratic government.

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