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Right to information is fundamental feature of democracy: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that right to information is a fundamental feature of democracy.

Prime Minister Oli said that use of right to information would contribute to build a sound society while receiving a report on works performed by the incumbent leadership of National Information Commission today.

He said all should know that information regarding the issues related to national sovereignty, integrity and national interest as well as issues related to crime and terrorism, which were under investigation, could not be provided, directing the Commission to suggest a proper way to provide information.

“It is necessary to pay attention to the time and situation as well while implementing the right to information and disseminating information,” PM Oli said.

He also called one and all to involve in the campaign of national development with determination.

On the occasion, Commission Chairman Krishna Hari Banskota informed that in response to the complaints related to implementation of right to information filed at the Commission so far since its establishment, 1,747 directives were issued.

Banskota said that the Commission issued 940 directives in the past one year and stressed the need of adding the word ‘information disclosure’ during amendment to the new Constitution as this wording was not incorporated in the historic charter.

Commission members Kiran Pokharel and Yashoda Adhikari and Secretary Sharadraj Bista also expressed their views on the occasion.

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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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