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Sri Lankan Prez congratulates Nepal for constitution; wishes to visit Nepal

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Deputy Prime Minster Prakash Man Singh and Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena held a meeting here on Wednesday.

Matters identified with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), bilateral relations and mutual cooperation were discussed on the occasion.

The Sri Lankan President has wished to extend support to the construction of temples at Soyambhu – which is in the world heritage site – and make a Nepal visit on the opportune time, shared Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.

The peace symbol, Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal and there are Buddhist religious people in Sri Lanka so that Neal and Sri Lanka has nurtured a good cultural relation, Minister Pandey quoted the Sri Lankan President as saying.

Sri Lankan President Sirisena also congratulated Nepal and Nepali people for the promulgation of a new constitution through the Constituent Assembly, shared Minister Pandey.
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On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Singh shared that Nepal has recently adopted an inclusive democratic constitution through the Constituent Assembly and the country would move ahead by successfully implementing the statute, PM’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr Dinesh Bhattarai quoted DPM Singh as saying.

Prime Minister’s foreign affairs advisor Dr Bhattarai, acting secretary at Foreign Ministry Shaner Das Bairagi, Nepal’s Permanent Representative to UN Durga Bhatatrai, Nepal’s Ambassador to US Dr Arjun Karki, among others were also present on the meeting.

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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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