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Nepal wants to benefit from neighbors’ development: PM Oli

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NEW DELHI — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday said that Nepal wants to profit by the excelling economic developments of its neighbors – India and China – while taking steps forward.

Addressing the program on the fourth day of his ongoing state visit to India, the PM expressed Nepal’s cravings to mount result-oriented collaboration with India and China for the sake of development.

PM Oli attended the 21st Sapru Prawachan organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in New Delhi.

He made it clear that Nepal’s soil would not be allowed to be misused against any of its neighbors, and spoke of Indian government’s security concern and long existing friendship with India.

The PM said the new constitution addressed the Nepali people’s diverse sentiments and its promulgation ended a historic political workload.

“The constitution was not promulgated at once but rather through minute deliberations and a democratic process,” PM Oli said, adding, “The world community was curious and excited on this, and we have rightly addressed their sentiments as well.”

He reminded of the process held at the Constituent Assembly (CA) which saw consultations being held with all the communities and sections, and emphasized that the constitution got votes of more than 90 per cent of the CA members.

All the sides may not agree on all the provisions, PM Oli said, adding that the constitution has embraced internationally recognized values on all fundamental rights.

The constitution in this view is exemplary and progressive, he said.

“The constitution has not discriminated against any communities on subjects pertaining to citizenship, employment opportunities, inclusiveness, social justice, equality and democracy rather it has specified provisions for reservations for backward communities,” PM Oli asserted.

He shed light on the election of women representatives as country’s President and House Speaker while adding that the constitution has arranged for a federal commission for settling the issue of demarcation of the provincial borders.

PM Oli expressed gratitude to the Indian government and the world community for hailing the constitution’s promulgation as a significant achievement in ending the outstretched transitional period in Nepal.

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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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