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3 killed in Doti bus accident

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DOTI — At least three people died on the spot and 18 other were injured when a bus met with an accident at Khadyuli, Baddi Kedar rural municipality – 2 on Thursday morning.

The accident took place when an ill-fated bus, Na 3 Kha 5648, heading to Dhangadhi from Barchhen skidded off and fell.

The injured have been taken to Dhangadhi, Kailali for treatment. The three deceased are from Baddi Kedar rural municipality-4, according to locals.

Police personnel from BP Nagar and Ghangal have reached the accident site for rescue, police stated.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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