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Left alliance wins 72 seats, Nepali Congress 10

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KATHMANDU — Left alliance of CPN-UML and CPN(Maoist Center) has won 72 seats for the Federal constituencies while the ruling Nepali Congress bagged only 10 in the country’s historic polls so far till this report was prepared on Sunday.

According to results released by Election Commission, the CPN-UML has won 53 seats and leading in 25 constituencies while its alliance partner CPN Maoist-Centre has emerged victorious in 19 seats and leading in 14 constituencies.

The Nepali Congress, which was the largest party in the last election, has won 10 seats and leading in 12 constituencies.

There are a total of 165 Parliament seats and 330 provincial assembly seats under the direct election system.

Likewise, in the provincial assembly, CPN-UML has won 74, Maoist Centre 39, Nepali Congress 20, Naya Shakti and independent’s 2.

A total of 1,663 candidates contested polls for parliamentary seats while 2,819 were in the fray for the provincial assembly seats in the historic elections.

The polls will elect 128 members of parliament and 256 members of provincial assemblies. The house of representatives consists of 275 members, of which 165 would be elected directly under the first-past-the- post (FPTP) system while the remaining 110 will come through the proportional representation system.

Voting in two-phased parliamentary and provincial assembly elections were held on November 26 and December 7.

In the first phase, polling was held in 32 districts, in which 65 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise. In the second phase, 67 per cent voter turnout was registered.

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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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