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Bibeksheel Sajha abstains from president and vice-president election

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KATHMANDU — The Bibeksheel Sajha Party has decided to not take part in the elections of a new President and Vice President, the party said in a statement.

In a press statement released today, Bibeksheel’s State Assembly parliamentary party province 3 leader Ramesh Poudyal said,”The Bibeksheel Sajha is in favour of a directly elected prime minister and a constitutional president. In the parliamentary practice, the role of constitutional president should be neutral, impartial and above the partisan interests. But, some of the decisions had crossed the jurisdictions.”

The party has three members elected under the proportional representation system in Province 3’s State Assembly.

Earlier on Monday, the party handed the rights to take a decision on the matter to the province-level leadership, deciding not take part in the both elections.

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The presidential election is underway at the New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building and two candidates–incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai–are in the race for the post. The election that began at 10:00 am will conclude at 3:00 pm.

Meanwhile, Rastriya Prajatantra Party ( RPP) led by Kamal Thapa has announced its support for presidential candidate Bidya Devi Bhandari.

In a press statement today, party spokesperson Bhuwan Pathak said the party decided to vote in favour of the presidential election. Earlier, the CPN (UML) agreed to repeat incumbent Bhandari as the party’s candidate for the post.

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Child killed in road accident

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PASCHIM- A child has been killed and two other people sustained injuries in a vehicle accident occurred at Salle, Musikot Municipality-1, Rukum Paschim, today. 

The victim, nine-year-old Prayas BC breathed his last at the District Hospital, Salle. 

The vehicle (Ba 3 Kha 7461) was on its way towards Mulkhola from Salle. The bus fell 150 meters from the road when the driver lost control, District Police Office, Rukum Paschim, stated. 

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The injured are eight-year-old Jenis BC and the driver whose name is not known. Jenis is said to be in critical condition, Chief of the District Police and Deputy Superintendent Sumit Khadka said. 

According to police, the vehicle ran over Prayas and Jenis who were playing on the road.

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