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Bomb goes off targeting UML leader Khanal in Ilam

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ILAM — An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded targeting the vehicle carrying former Prime Minister and CPN (UML) senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal, at Tinkhutte in Ilam along Fikkal-Pashupatinagar road section on Friday evening, the police said.

No human casualties were reported in the incident.

UML leader Khanal was returning after addressing an election campaign when the incident occurred around 20 meters away from the moving vehicle carrying Khanal, said the Chief District Office Bishnu Prasad Pokharel, adding a search has been launched for the bomb planter(s).

Meanwhile, the police have arrested 13 people including one Indian national suspected of involvement in criminal activities targeting the polls including explosion

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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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