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India welcomes constitution amendments bill

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KATHMANDU — The Indian Foreign Ministry has welcomed two amendments bills endorsed by a parliament meeting on Sunday as positive developments.

Tweeting this morning, Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson at the Ministry, stated India’s acknowledgement of the amendment bill and hoped other issues were also ‘addressed in constructive spirit’.

‘We regard the two amendments passed yesterday by the Nepali Parliament as positive developments. We hope that other outstanding issues are similarly addressed in a constructive spirit’, Swarup tweeted on Sunday.

The parliament meeting on Saturday night endorsed First Amendment to the Constitution of Nepal four months after the promulgation of the constitution.

Legislature parliament on Saturday amended three Articles of the constitution: Article 42 (social justice), Article 84 (formation of House of Representatives) and Article 286 (Electoral Constituency Delineation Commission) as 461 lawmakers voted in favour while seven voted against it.

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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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