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UCPN-Maoist expels 4 other leaders

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RATNANAGAR — The UCPN-Maoist Chitwan has expelled four other leaders for acting against the party on Thursday.

The leaders joined the new political force established by former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai.

They have been expelled from the general membership of the party, according to UCPN-M Chitwan Chair Yam Bahadur Pariyar.

The leaders include district member Ramesh Regmi, Bishnu Hari Timilsena, district council member Umakant Chapagain and Bharatpur-4 Chair Kamal Prasad Chapagain.

The four leaders had participated in a programme alongside Bhattarai in Bharatpur.

Earlier, UCPN-Maoist had expelled four other leaders loyal to Baburam Bhattarai from the party on disciplinary grounds and sought clarification from 41 others who registered their dissident views on quitting the party on November 4.

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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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