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Mahesh Basnet says PM’s stance imperative to protect nationality

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SURUNGA — Former minister and CPN (UML) leader Mahesh Basnet has said that ‘Sikkimisation and Bhutanisation’ of Nepal was turned away because of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s stance.

At a press meet in Birtamod of Jhapa on Wednesday, the UML leader claimed that Indian rulers were compelled to rethink about Nepal’s national sentiments due to Prime Minister Oli’s firm stance further adding the incumbent government’s attentiveness has played role to safeguard the nation from Sikkimisation, Bhutanisation and Fiziization.

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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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