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UCPN (Maoist) Chair Dahal meets Dr KC

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KATHMANDU —

UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal met Dr Govinda KC at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj on Monday morning.

Following the meeting, Dahal said he would urge Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to address the 10-point demands set forth by Dr KC at the soonest.

The veteran orthopedic specialist started his fifth hunger strike for as long as nine days demanding execution of the past understandings signed with him.

“As Dr KC’s strike is for eliminating corruption, our party supports it,” the Maoist Chairman said.

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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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