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Curfew clamped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA —

The District Administration Office, Mahottari has re-issued the indefinite curfew orders in Balawa and Banauta areas including Jaleshwar for three hours on Friday. The curfew previously clamped was lifted earlier.

The Chief District Officer Deepak Kafle had said that the curfew had been lifted from 6 to 9 am today. He said the order has been lifted for people to purchase daily essentials and in addition to do the daily rituals.
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The local administration imposed curfew in in view of the escalating violence following the death of three protesters in police firing on Wednesday.

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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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