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NC to lead constitution implementation: Deuba

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KATHMANDU — Newly-elected President of the Nepali Congress and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his party would complete the responsibility of implementing the constitution as it was promulgated in his party’s leadership.

Leader Deuba further added that his party would play positive role to solve the Tarai issues and province delineation issues as well, in a congratulatory program organized by the Nepal Students Union (NSU), a sister wing of the party, on his election to the post at his residence at Budhanilkantha on Thursday.

He further said that he would initiate to call party’s sister wings’ convention as they were stalled for long.

On the occassion, NSU chair Ranjit Karna urged party president Deuba to take initiation for holding NSU convention and the free students union’s election at different university.

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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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