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No secret deal with ex-king Gyanendra : Nepal

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KATHMANDU —

CPN-UML leader and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has clarified that no secret deal has been made with previous king Gyanendra Shah and the political parties amid the 2006 Janaandolan.

“We had asked previous ruler Gyanendra to hand over all the rights to the peopleand the broke up parliament was restored as needs be,” Nepal said on Friday.

The comments from the previous PM come after Shah, in his Democracy Day message, appealed the parties to implement the understanding purportedly reached at before he surrendered his throne.

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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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