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Curfew in Bhardaha

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SAPTARI —

Local administration has clamped a curfew in Bhardaha of Saptari district as protest turned violent after the death of local Rajiv Raut in police firing dueing clash with demonstrators today morning.

Chief District Officer of Saptari, Birendra Kumar Yadav said curfew has been imposed in Bhardaha and surrounding areas from 4 pm Tuesday to 5 am on Wednesday.

The clash occurred between police and demonstrators on Monday night after the police tried to escort vehicles stranded in the East-West highway because of the banda called by Madhesi Front. Demonstrators continued their protests and turned savage while police charged and shot tear gas shells to control the protesters. Police opened 5 shots in the air and fired 25 rounds of tear gas shells.
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“The protesters pelted stones at the Traffic police post at Bhardaha, obstructed the vehicles and set fire on the police van by tossing petrol bomb. Then Police opened fire to take the circumstance under control,” said police.

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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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