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Bomb goes off in school premises in Lalitpur

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LALITPUR — A bomb went off inside Namuna Machindra Secondary School premises, Lalitpur on Tuesday afternoon.

the bomb was targeted to the Left Alliance election gathering which was organised at Lagankhel bus park, however, no causalities reported yet. CPN-UML chairperson KP Sharma Oli was scheduled to address the mass.

Police have reached the incident and have started an investigation. Police said that the explosion has damaged the windowpane of the school.

“The bomb was planted in the backyard of the school where garbage were disposed. The window glasses of the school were shattered. No human casualties were reported,” SSP Ganesh Aire said.

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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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