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New constitution on 20 September

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Constituent Assembly (CA) has decided to promulgate the new constitution of the nation on September 20 in the midst of a special function at the CA building.

CA Chairman Subas Nembang confirmed the date and said “I have set the date for promulgating the new constitution on September 20 at 5 pm in the wake of counseling with the top leaders of major political parties.”

President Ram Baran Yadav will reveal the new constitution in the midst of a public funstion at 5pm on Sunday. VP, heads of constitutional bodies, and representatives of diplomatic missions will be among the VVIPs in attendance on the occasion.

Once declared, the new charter will institutionalise republicanism, federalism, secularism and inclusiveness—key achievements of political movements since 2006.

Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang and General Secretary of CA Secretariat Manohar Bhattarai will extend a formal welcome to President Yadav on Tuesday morning to reveal the Constitution.

Although the Madhes-based parties have opposed the present draft of the constitution, three major parties have assured that they are open to amendments even after its promulgation.

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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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