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Neither indulge in corruption nor tolerate : Defence Minister Pradhan

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KATHMANDU — Defence Minister and the Nepali Congress leader Bhimsendas Pradhan has said he would neither indulge in corruption nor would tolerate anyone doing the same.

Participating in an election interaction with the intellectuals, professors and teachers in Kathmandu constituency 6 today, where he is contesting the House of Representatives election, Minister Pradhan said his efforts would always be directed towards the campaign of extricating the country out of the morass of corruption.

“Good governance, prosperity, stable government and ending corruption are the major agenda of the Nepali Congress. I am committed for the same,” he reiterated.

He also stated that repair of roads, promoting collaboration for student development by upgrading the school physical infrastructure and promoting organic farming are also among his priorities.

Jhakku Subedi of the leftist alliance is also contesting in the election from this constituency. There are around 58 thousand voters in Kathmandu constituency-3.

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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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