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Bhawan Bhatta elected President of NRNA

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KATHMANDU — Bhawan Bhatta has been elected as the Chairperson of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) through the 8th general convention held in the Capital on Monday night.

Bhatta outshined Ms Jamuna Ghale Gurung with total vote difference of 613 votes. Of the total 1,788 votes casted, Bhatta secured 1,197 to defeat Gurung

After being elected the top post, Bhatta said he would forward the incomplete agendas put forth by the apex umbrella body of 500 non-resident Nepalis (NRNs) since its establishment.

“Victory and defeat is common in election. I will try to move ahead uniting all the NRNs,” Bhatta said adding,”NRNA will forward the agendas including building construction, smart NRNA academy, Laprak Model Settlement and joint investment.”

Likewise, Kumar Panta and Kul Acharya have been elected as vice-presidents. Pant has been reelected as vice-president for the second time by securing 1,030 votes, said Kul Prasad Pandey, member of the election committee.

Sapila Rajbhandari has been elected as women vice-president securing 1,054 votes. The general convention has elected Dr Badri Bahadur KC as general secretary of the Association defeating Yam Gurung and Arjun Shrestha.

Similarly, Dambar Bahadur Chhetri and Janaki Gurung won the secretary posts. Hikmatn Bahadur Thapa was re-elected as Treasurer while Somnath Sapkota won the Joint Treasurer post.

The election committee informed that Bhuma Devi Limbu won the Woman Coordinator post while Sudan Thapa claimed victory as Youth Coordinator.

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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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