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EC annuls candidacy of (Maoist Center) candidate from Sarlahi-4

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has annulled candidacy of the CPN (Maoist Center) candidate Shiv Pujan Raya Yadav for the federal parliament elections from Sarlahi-4 constituency.

Based on complaints filed against him of abuse of the diplomatic passport, the election body has decided to cancel Yadav’s candidacy as per the House of Representatives Election Act. The returning officer concerned and candidate Yadav will be informed about the revocation, said EC.

Nepali Congress (NC) has fielded Amresh Kumar Singh from the constituency.

Independent candidates from his constituency Sarlahi-4, Ganesh Kumar Singh and Anil Kumar Singh, on November 5 had also complained with the EC demanding revocation of his candidacy.

The candidate duo had then moved the Supreme Court (SC) after the EC delayed in taking decision on the complaints.

On August 11, 2015, the Special Court had sentenced Yadav for four months and fined Rs 15,000 after finding him guilty on the criminal charge of tampering with the diplomatic passport he had acquired as a Constituent Assembly (CA) member.

In the first CA election in 2008, Yadav had defeated Mahantha Thakur of the then Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party and NC’s Amresh Singh from Sarlahi-6 on a Madhesi Janadhikar Forum ticket.

He, however, had lost the second CA election in 2013, that he contested on a ticket of Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, to NC’s Singh.

Yadav then joined Rastriya Janta Party Nepal (RJP) after merger of six Madhes-based parties before joining Maoist Center before the local elections took place.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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