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Bijukchhe accuses India for conspiring to thwart Nepal-China trade deal

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BHAKTAPUR — Nepal Workers and Peasants’ Party (NWPP) Chairman Naryanman Bijukchhe on Saturday accused the Indian government of hatching a conspiracy to foil Nepal’s attempt to seal a trade deal with China.

Speaking at a book lunch program organised by the Youth Society for Social Welfare at Surya Binayak, Bhaktapur today, the NWPP Chair claimed that India was currently using some individuals of the government for the same.

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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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