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UDMF cadres block movement of sugar trucks

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GAUSHALA —

The cadres of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have blocked the movement of three sugar carrying trucks of Everest Sugar Mill situated in Ramnagar, Mahottari. The trucks were heading to the capital city this morning.

The cadres of the agitating political parties prevented the trucks from going to their destination in the wake of finding that the sugar factory administration was making efforts to supply the sugar despite the ongoing indefinite strikes. The general shutdown in the Terai districts is continued for the past 56 days.
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A group of agitating cadres led by Ram Naresh Kushwaha of Terai Madhes Loktantrik Party obstructed the road by cutting off dozens of trees in a forest along the road that links the sugar mills to the East-West Highway.

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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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