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CPN (MC) candidate Roka elected provincial assembly member from Rukum East

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RUKUM — CPN (Maoist Centre) candidate from left alliance Kamala Roka has been elected as the Federal Parliament member from Rukum East.

Roka garnered 10,434 votes to become the provincial assembly member while her closest contender Hari Shankar Gharti of Nepali Congress (NC) secured 4,406 votes.

The vote difference between Roka and Gharti is 6,028 votes. It has been learnt that 1,208 votes have been declared invalid.

Out of 27,928 voters, only 18,132 had cast their votes.

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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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