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Mahara elected unopposed to post of Speaker

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been elected the Speaker of House of Representatives, the lower house of the bicameral federal parliament of Nepal, unopposed as he was the only candidate to file nomination for the post.

However, an official announcement of the election will be made on Saturday.

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Earlier today, Mahara had reached the Federal Parliament building at around 11:20 am to to register his candidacy that was supported by CPN-UML leader and former Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang, and seconded by Maoist Centre leader Dev Gurung.

The main opposition Nepali Congress did not field any candidate on behalf of the party to vie for the post.

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PM Oli returns home

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home on Sunday after completing of a six-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China. PM Oli and his entourage landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at 10:15.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina and Nepal Communist Party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, among others, received PM Oli at TIA’s VVIP Lounge.

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Oli had left for China on Tuesday (June 19). He paid the official visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

During his visit, PM Oli held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, among other Chinese leaders, and signed 14 agreements incluidng a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu.

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