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5.2 magnitude quake hits Dolakha

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DOLAKHA — A significant magnitude 5.2 earthquake has hit Dolakha district on Friday morning.

The National Seismological Centre said the tremor felt at 8:36 am was of an aftershock of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake.

The epicentre lied at Dolakha, near Jiri, at the depth of 10 kilometers. The tremor was felt in adjoining districts and denizens in Kathmandu Valley had also felt the tremor.

Thousands of aftershocks followed the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015.

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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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