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UML candidate Gurung withdraws her nomination to support Dipak Manange

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LAMJUNG — CPN-UML candidate Khanda Lama Gurung has withdrawn her nomination to support independent candidate Rajiv Gurung aka Deepak Manange on Wednesday.

Chief Election Officer of Manang and district Judge Deepak Dhakal confirmed  that UML’s candidate Khanda had withdrawn her name. Independent candidate Rajiv Gurung will now rival with Congress’ Karma Gurung.

Khanda reached Chief Election Officer’s office at around 1 pm today and withdrew her nomination.

Manange had filed nominations as an independent candidate after UML central committee’s refusal to provide election ticket to him despite the district committee’s unanimously decided to pick him as the party candidate. Manange had recently joined UML.

He claimed that his victory is obvious as Gurung’s supporters had promised him to help in the elections. Gurung and Manange are brother and sister in relationship.

CPN-UML Manang’s President Polden Chopang Gurung has also agreed to support the independent candidate Manange after the withdraw from Gurung.

After Gurung withdrew her nomination, there will be a tough competition between Manange and Karma Gurung from Nepali Congress.

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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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