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Lok Darshan Regmi appointed new Chief Secy, Yubaraj Bhusal appointed as NRA CEO

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KATHMANDU — The government has appointed Lok Darshan Regmi, Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, as the new Chief Secretary.

A Cabinet meeting held on Monday morning took the decision to this effect.

The meeting has also transferred three secretaries. Mohan Krishna Sapkota was transferred to Home Ministry from the Ministry for General Administration. Similarly Reshmi Raj Panday has been transferred to General Administration Ministry while Shankar Adhikari took charge of Finance Ministry.

Likewise, the cabinet meeting  has also appointed Yubaraj Bhusal as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority.

“As the post remained vacant after the outgoing CEO Govinda Pokharel tendered his resignation on Monday for contesting the federal election, the Cabinet has appointed Bhusal to the post,” said the government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communication Mohan Bahadur Basnet.

Bhusal is the third CEO in the National Reconstruction Authority.

National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer Govinda Pokharel on Monday resigned from the post. It has been learnt that Bhusal had resigned from the post to contest in upcoming House of Representative election from Pyuthan.

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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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