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Left alliance leads in two-third constituencies; UML makes clean sweep in Mustang, Maoist Centre in Rukum

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KATHMANDU — With the votes being counted in 32 districts where first phase of parliamentary and provincial elections were held on November 26, left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre is leading in two-third constituencies.

Out of the 37 seats in House of Representatives of first phase elections, left alliance is leading in 29 constituencies counted so far while Nepali Congress in only four constituencies and Naya Shakti Nepal party is taking lead in one constituency.

Out of 32 districts where first phase of election took place, Nepali Congress is taking lead only in four districts–Rasuwa, Bajura, Humla and Sankhuwasaba.

CPN-UML has made a clean sweep winning all seats in the election to the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly in Mustang.

Prem Prasad Tulachan has secured his position to the House of Representatives with 3,544 votes,according to the Chief Election Officer (CEO).

His rival candidate Romi Gauchan from Nepali Congress garnered 3,281 votes.

Likewise, in Province ‘A’ UML candidates Indradhara Bista secured 1,167 votes whereas rival Tshering Dhawa Gurung garnered 657 votes.

In Province ‘B’, Mahendra Thakali from UML secured 2,584 votes and rival candidate Tshering Gurung garnered 2,259 votes.

Similarly, Maoist Centre made a clean sweep in Rukum East winning all three seats including two provincial assembly seats.

Maoist Centre candidate Kamala Roka has been elected as the Federal Parliament member from Rukum east.

In Gorkha-2, there is tight competition between left alliance candidate Narayan Kaji Shrestha and Naya Shakti Nepal candidate Baburam Bhattarai. Bhattarai is leading and has secured 6534 so far and Shrestha 5399.

Likewise, in Sindhupalchowk-1, left candidate Agni Sapkota leading with wide margin over Nepali Congress candidate Mohan Basnet. Sapkota has secured 11195 votes and Basnet following him with 6982 votes.

In Sindhupalchowk-2 too there is a tight competition between left candidate Sher Bahadur Tamang and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic) candidate Pashupati Shumsher Rana. Tamang has secured 9200 and Rana 8009 so far.

Left alliance is also leading in both constituencies of Nuwakot.

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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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