MOSCOW Russia declares ‘complete victory’ on both banks of Euphrates in Syria
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin said a complete victory had been achieved over Islamic State on both banks of the Euphrates river in Syria, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.
Putin was cited as saying that the military operation in the area was now completed, and that the focus would switch to a political process that would eventually involve presidential and parliamentary elections.
Putin did not specify if he was referring to the whole of Syria, or just the areas around the Euphrates valley. – Reuters
Raya, 74-year-old retired advocate.
“I am voting after many years because there is new hope in the country with the establishment of provinces,” said Iswor Prasad Shrestha, 70, businessman.
Police said voting was peaceful. Police, army soldiers and temporary police officers are guarding polling stations. Vehicles were banned from the streets and voters walked to the polling stations in their neighborhoods.
Nepal’s slow path to democracy began in 2006, when protesters forced the king to give up his rule. Two years later, Nepal officially abolished the centuriesold monarchy and decided a federal system would best serve all corners of the one of the poorest nation’s in the world.
But bickering among political parties delayed until 2015 the implementation of the new constitution, which declared Nepal a republic.
Security was stepped up for the elections, with thousands of police and army soldiers deployed. According to the Home Ministry, more than 400 people were detained in days leading up to the vote.
Soon after the constitution was implemented in 2015, protests by ethnic groups in southern Nepal turned violent and left some 50 people dead. – AP