WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton has won the Washington DC primary, capturing the party’s last presidential nominating contest as Democrats turn their focus to the November 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Clinton, who secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination last week, will meet in private later on Tuesday (local time) with rival Bernie Sanders as the sometimes bitter political combatants search for common ground in the race against Mr Trump.
Mr Sanders is under pressure to give up his campaign and help unite the party.
But the US senator from Vermont has vowed to push on to next month’s convention to gain more converts to his agenda of reducing income inequality, curbing big money in politics and reining in Wall Street.
“We’re going to take that fight into the convention in Philadelphia,” Mr Sanders said ahead of the vote in DC.
At a news conference in Washington, Mr Sanders said he would demand changes to make the Democratic nominating process more equitable, including replacing the Democratic National Committee leadership, letting independents take part in the voting and eliminating superdelegates, who are unelected and are free to support any candidate.
“The time is long overdue for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party,” he said.
Mr Sanders had promised to stay in the Democratic race until the final vote was cast in the Washington, DC, primary, although he has stopped talking about capturing the party’s nomination and instead focused on ways he can push his agenda.
He scheduled a national video address to supporters on Thursday night.
Mrs Clinton easily beat Mr Sanders in DC, winning 79 per cent to his 21 per cent with more than two thirds of the vote counted.
The DC primary closes a more than four-month, state-by-state battle for the Democratic nomination that began on February 1 in Iowa.
Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days
KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.
Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.
Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.
Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.
According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.Follow @gorkhapost