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UCPN (M) fields Onsari Gharti for Speaker post

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KATHMANDU —

The UCPN (Maoist) has chosen to propose the name of former Deputy Speaker of the House Onsari Gharti for the post of House Speaker.

A Standing Committee (SC) meeting of the party on Thursday took decision to that effect after Chief Whip Girirajmani Pokharel declined to challenge for the position.
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The meeting also has given Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the responsibility to decide on the ministerial candidates from the party after it failed to finalize names for ministers.

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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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