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PM Oli invites Madhes-centric parties to join govt

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BHAIRAHAWA — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has asked agitating Madhes-centric parties to join the present government by giving up their agitation

Addressing CPN-UML’s Lumbini Zonal gathering in Bhairahawa on Friday, PM Oli called on the Morcha to stop strike, lockdowns and violence and extend hand in development activities.

“NC and Madhes-based parties should join the government with determination to develop the country,” PM Oli said.

Prime Minister Oli has also made an on-site visit to Gautam Buddha International Airport at Bhairahawa and took stock about the construction task.

Airport Construction Project Chief Om Sharma and Chief District Officer of Rupandehi District Bishnu Prasad Dhakal briefed Prime Minister Oli regarding construction task.

During the on-site-visit, PM Oli was oversaw the expansion of its runaway from 15,00 metres to 30,000 metres, construction of diversion in Dhagra River, Parking Wat (Apron), Terminal Building among other physical infrastructures.

The Airport is expected to come into operation by 2018.

He was accompanied by Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel, Minister for Industry Som Prasad Pandey, Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal and CIAA officials, among others.

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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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