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PM Deuba hopeful of consolidated federal democracy after completion of elections

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed his hope that the elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies would be held on the scheduled date and that could contribute to further consolidating the federal democracy.

During his meeting with the US Ambassador to Nepal, Alaina B Teplitz, at his office in Singha Durbar Tuesday, the Prime Minister said: “People enthusiastically participated in the local level elections. Local representatives have already started providing services to the people reaching their doorsteps. With this democracy at the local level is being strengthened.”

Ambassador Teplitz reached the Singha Durbar to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister further expressed his hope that the Nepali people would enthusiastically take part in the nearing elections as in the local level, as stated by the PM’s foreign affairs advisor Dinesh Bhattarai to the RSS.

Expressing hope that the strengthened democracy was possible only in the effective enforcement of the constitution, the Prime Minister said that the government had laid equal focus on all the three-tier of elections.

The upcoming elections would take a noticeable number of women to a leadership level as in the local level.

The US Ambassador, on the occasion, informed the Prime Minister about various aspects of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grants assistance.

It may be noted the US government recently provided 500 million US dollars to Nepal under its MCC, an independent US government agency working to reduce poverty through the means of economic development, for the development and expansion of road infrastructure and electricity transmission networks. This amount is the highest foreign assistance Nepal received so far.

Nepal got such assistance for its achievements since the past few years in the areas of development, construction, good governance, inclusion, child health, immunization, access to primary education and conservation of natural resources.

The US envoy, congratulating the Nepal for proving itself entitled for receiving the MCC grant assistance, shared information about the process of its expenditure with the Prime Minister.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa narrowly escapes explosion at party rally

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HARARE — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury in an explosion on Saturday which has rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe’s president was addressing a campaign rally, with state media calling it an assassination attempt but saying the president was not hurt.

President Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s historic election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.

The explosion occurred as the president, accompanied by other politicians, was walking off the stage at the White City stadium after addressing thousands of supporters in advance of next month’s vote.

Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old leader of ZANU-PF, was not hurt and taken to safety, officials said. However, witnesses said several people were injured, including the Vice-President.

Several others including number security personnel, the wife of fellow Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, the environment minister and the deputy speaker of parliament also suffered wounds.

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