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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang re-appointed to 5-year term

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BEIJING — The China’s legislature has re-appointed Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday to a second five-year term in the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

National People’s Congress delegates voted 2,964 to 2 to approve Li’s appointment. This comes a day after party leader Xi Jinping was reappointed China’s president with no limits on how many terms he can serve.

According to media sources, the legislature also approved the appointment of a director for a new anti-corruption agency.

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Likewise, Further Wang Qishan was appointed as the Vice President of China. Yang Xiaodu was appointed the Director of National Supervisory commission which acts as an anti-graft committee.

Political analysts see the creation of the anti-graft agency as part of efforts to enforce party control over an increasingly complex society and government.

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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.

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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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