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Family of Maldives' ex-president flee to Sri Lanka

2012-02-09 07:51:08 GMT2012-02-09 15:51:08(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

COLOMBO, February 9, 2012 - The wife and daughters of former Maldives' president Mohamed Nasheed have fled to Colombo as violence worsens, a presidential spokesman in Sri Lanka and a family member told AFP Thursday.

"His wife and two children arrived and spoke to the president over the phone last evening," a spokesman for Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse, Bandula Jayasekera, told AFP.

"President Rajapakse was concerned over the safety of Mr Nasheed and his family."

A family member in Male, who asked not to be named, confirmed the news, saying: "They are in Sri Lanka... It's much safer than here."

(Agencies)

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