MOSCOW Rus­sia de­clares ‘com­plete vic­tory’ on both banks of Euphrates in Syria

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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

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