POKHARA — Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav on Monday said the United Democratic Madhesi Front would pull back its protest immediately if the government implemented a 11-point understanding reached with Madhesi parties.
Yadav said reluctance on the part of the government to settle the Madhesis’ problems had prolonged the Tarai agitation while addressing a mass meet organised by the Tamuwan-Magrat Joint Struggle Committee in Pokhara.
He reiterated that UDMF was ready to hold dialogs with the government at any time.
“If the government gets serious and shows readiness to meet our demands, we will halt all of our programs immediately,” Yadav added.
Yadav stated that UDMF was ready to settle the crisis through negotiation and dialogue. “We need to take care of our issues ourselves. But, the government representatives rush to New Delhi to seek suggestion on settling domestic issues,” Yadav said.
Yadav also claimed that the newly-promulgated constitution was not acceptable to them, saying it was against the ethnic communities, women, Madhesis and disadvantaged people.Follow @gorkhapost
Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency
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.Follow @gorkhapost