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Oppn front seeks more clarity on PM’s intent

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KATHMANDU —

The opposition alliance led by UCPN-Maoist has questioned if the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala truly wants to promulgate the constitution through consensus.

After PM Koirala urged them to sit for talks to find consensus on constitution drafting process in a public statement yesterday, the opposition parties held a meeting this morning in the UCPN (Maoist’s) Parliamentary Party Office in Singha Durbar to react to his call.

Taking Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s call as a positive note, the 30-party alliance has urged him to send another letter for holding decisive talks.

The meeting has decided to ask the PM to send another letter saying that the letter sent prior does exclude 12-point understanding, interim constitution and it doesn’t express commitment to institutionalize the achievements made so far.

Leaders including UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) Chairman Bijay Kuamar Gachchhadar were present in the meeting.

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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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