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Parliament will be automatically reinstated if elections not held on time: Dahal

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman and formewr Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said that the Legislature- Parliament will be automatically reinstated if the elections not held in slated time.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of a book titled ‘Adhunik Nepalko Itihas’ penned by Maoist Centre leader Laxman Panta in the Capital on Thursday, Dahal said : “The Parliament was dissolved as the election process had already begun.”

Hinting at Wednesday’s decision of the Supreme Court and its possible outcome, the Maoist supremo said : “It will surely be reinstated if the elections are not conducted on time.”

The apex court on Wednesday had ordered the Election Commission to print separate ballot papers for the federal and provincial elections under the first-past-the-post system and present a progress report since its earlier ruling on October 18.

Dahal also made it clear that the Election Commission had already started printing ballot papers as per the agreement forged between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli among other senior leaders.

In response to a contempt of court writ filed on Tuesday by Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) leader Sarbendra Nath Shukla, a single bench of Justice Dambar Bahadur Shahi had issued the order and asked Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav to furnish clarification within three days.

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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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