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Voting on amendment bill to begin today

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KATHMANDU —

Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang has said that voting on the amendment proposals received in the Revised Bill of Constitution of Nepal, 2072 might start today.

CA Chairman Nembang, in a talk program of Radio Nepal at the this morning, said that the voting procedure scheduled for Friday and Saturday was put off at the request of major political parties and added that the procedure would continue ahead from the second meeting of the CA this afternoon.

President of the Constitution Drafting Committee Krishna Prasad Sitaula would answer the concerns in regard to the draft constitution after the deliberations of the top leaders, according to Nembang.
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The top leaders of the major political parties are scheduled to address the CA meeting today that would start at 11:30 am. The CA meeting would be postponed for some time after the speeches of the top leaders and then process would begin, Nembang added.

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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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