Maldivian foreign minister dies in Singapore hospital
COLOMBO (AFP) - Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdul Samad Abdullah died on Sunday while undergoing treatment for kidney and heart disease in a Singapore hospital, the government said. He was 67.
Mr Abdullah was a key ally of President Mohamed Waheed who is seeking re-election in Sept 7 elections in the Indian Ocean atoll nation.
Mr Waheed declared three days of mourning for Mr Abdullah who was buried in Singapore, the government said.
Education Minister Asim Ahmed was made acting foreign minister, it added.