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Constitution amendment can be thought after local election : Oli



KATHMANDU — CPN (UML) Chair KP Sharma Oli has said that the issue of constitution amendment could be thought of only after the local Poll.

Talking to media persons at Tribhuvan International Airport on his arrival from Bangkok today, the UML Chair reiterated to holding local poll in single phase in the slated date of May 14. Chair Oli today returned home after his follow up medical checkup from Thailand.

He added that the unnecessary issues and obstacles should not be brought forth to obstruct the election process.

Leader Oli denied any conditions regarding the May 14 election adding that there can be no ‘but or if’ when it comes to holding the local election.

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Oli who is also the former Prime Minister ruled out the possibility of holding local election in two phases.
Referring to some of the Madhes-centric parties’ merger process, leader Oli termed it as positive signal.

To a query of journalists regarding the party’s election manifesto and candidacy, Chair Oli said these tasks will be completed soon.
He further shared that the he had undergone the hernia surgery as well along with other follow up health examinations in Thailand.

Party acting chair Bamdev Gautam, general secretary Ishwar Pokharel, leader Subas Nembang among other central leaders were on hand at the airport to welcome chair Oli.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria



MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria on Monday morning, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian military servicemen.

“I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment,” Putin stated, speaking in front of Russian military personnel at Khmeimim.

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Mr Putin said that in the space of two years the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists,” adding that he had made the decision that a significant number of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia.

Russia first launched air strikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in Assad’s favor while dramatically increasing Moscow’s own influence in the Middle East.

After a short visit to Syria, the Russian president headed for Cairo, where he is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


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