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PM Oli inaugurates constitution awareness campaign

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KATHMANDU —Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inugurated a nation-wide awareness campaign on the new constitution amid a function Monday.

The government launched campaign “Janata Ko Sambidhan, Jantakai Majh” on Monday after almost two months of the promulgation of the new constitution, with the aim to familiarize the general public about the new constitution.

The campaign will continue till January 5, 2016.

Inaugurating the campaign, Prime Minister Oli said that the new constitution has ensured equal rights to all and that there is no reason for anyone to harbor misconception that they have been discriminated against.

“There is confusion among the Madhesi people that the constitution has segregated them, which is not true. Thus, with the aim to clear up such misconceptions and end an impasse, the campaign has been launched,” Oli said.

He said that not a not a single clause of the constitution has discriminated against any particular community. “Rather, it has ensured special rights to the marginalized, minorities and backward communities. Our constitution has guaranteed proportional and inclusive representation. Then, how can the new constitution be discriminatory,” said Prime Minister Oli.

UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who was also present in the inauguration function in the capital, said that genuine demands of the Madhesi, Tharu and other communities should be addressed but the demands which affect national unity and sovereignty should be and will be criticized.

“We want cordial relations with our neighbors, India and China, and we expect cooperation from them,” he said.

Similarly, former Constituent Assembly chairman Subas Chandra Nembang said that the campaign launched by the government will form the basis for implementation of the new constitution.

Stating that the constitution is amendable, he appealed to the agitating Madhesi parties to return to parliament instead of staging protests and resolve their dissatisfaction through dialogue.

The government is launching interactions in all 75 districts, municipalities and village development committees during the month-long campaign for informing the public about major provisions in the new constitution.

Politicians, incumbent and former ministers, lawmakers, civil society members and intellectuals will participate in the programs that will be organized in the district headquarters across the .

Likewise, municipalities and village development committee offices will also hold interaction programs with locals, political leaders and other stakeholders on major provisions of the new constitution as part of the special campaign.

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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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