Nepali Congress elects PM Deuba as celebration president

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KATHMANDU: The delegates of Nepal’s largest democratic celebration, the Nepali Congress, on Wednesday re-elected Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba as the president.
Deuba, who protected 2,733 votes throughout the 2nd round of election, defeated Shekhar Koirala, who protected 1,855 votes, according to the 14th General Convention of the Nepali Congress.
Koirala is the nephew of former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala.
The overall number of votes cast during Tuesday’s election was 4,623 while 35 votes were declared as void.
The first round of the election might not decide the president as none of the 5 contestants got a clear majority of more than 50 percent votes.
Other contestants for the celebration president in the first phase of election Prakash Male Singh and Bimalendra Nidhi decided to support 75-year-old Deuba in the second phase of election, that made his victory comfy.
On Tuesday, the delegates of the Nepali Congress chose the second time to choose the party president.
To be elected president, a candidate should protect 50 percent plus one vote. If no one gets 50 per cent plus one vote in the first and second rounds of voting, then the 2 prospects with highest votes will contest a round amongst themselves, according to celebration guidelines.
In the last convention kept in March 2016, Deuba had actually won in a run-off.
The grand old celebration went to the surveys to choose 13 office bearers – president, 2 vice presidents, two general secretaries, 8 joint general secretaries and 121 Central Working Committee members.

Published at Wed, 15 Dec 2021 03:59:14 -0600

Taliban blamed for a minimum of 72 extrajudicial killings: UN

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GENEVA: The UN has said there are “trustworthy claims” of more than 100 extrajudicial killings in Afghanistan since the Taliban took power in August, with many blamed on the nation’s new rulers.
UN deputy rights chief Nada Al-Nashif stated she was deeply alarmed by continuing reports of such killings, despite a basic amnesty revealed by the Taliban after their August 15 takeover.
“Between August and November, we received credible claims of more than 100 killings of former Afghan nationwide security forces and others connected with the previous government,” she told the UN Person Rights Council on Tuesday.
“At least 72 of these killings,” she said, were “credited to the Taliban”.
“In numerous cases, the bodies were openly displayed. This has intensified worry amongst this considerable category of the population,” she said.
Taliban foreign ministry representative Abdul Qahar Balkhi stated the federal government was “fully committed” to the amnesty decree, and denied workers of the previous administration were being persecuted.
Anybody “discovered breaching the amnesty decree will be prosecuted and penalised”, he stated.
“Occurrences will be completely investigated however dubious rumours should not be trusted.”
Al-Nashif, who provided Tuesday’s update to the council on behalf of UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet, stated many members of the jihadist Islamic State-Khorasan group– a primary Taliban opponent– had likewise been eliminated.
“In Nangarhar province alone, there … appears to be a pattern of at least 50 extrajudicial killings of individuals presumed to be members of the ISIL-KP,” she said, with reports of “harsh techniques … consisting of hanging, beheadings, and public screen of remains”.
In a report launched Wednesday, Amnesty International also stated members of the Taliban had tortured and killed ethnic and spiritual minorities, previous Afghan soldiers and suspected federal government sympathisers as they seized control of Afghanistan in July and August.
“Our new proof shows that, far from the smooth shift of power that the Taliban claimed taken place, individuals of Afghanistan have actually when again paid with their lives,” stated Amnesty secretary general Agnes Callamard.
“Homes, health centers, schools and stores were become criminal offense scenes as individuals were repeatedly eliminated and hurt. The individuals of Afghanistan have actually suffered for too long, and victims need to have access to justice and get reparations.”
Amnesty said the complete scale of the killings remained unidentified.
The UN and Amnesty remarks followed the United States and other countries condemned the Taliban following a Human Rights View report earlier this month documenting 47 summary executions.
Those killings were of former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, other military personnel, cops and intelligence representatives “who had surrendered to or were collared by Taliban forces” from mid-August through October, it stated.
Taliban representative Qari Sayed Khosti flatly turned down the HRW report and other claims about extrajudicial killings as “not based upon proof”.
In her upgrade Tuesday, Al-Nashif portrayed the profound humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, saying many individuals were being “pressed to take desperate measures” to endure, consisting of child labour and even supposedly “the sale of kids”.
The UN says more than 23 million Afghans– over half the population– will face an “severe” food lack in the winter season months, forcing millions to choose between migration and starvation.
The UN’s World Food Program said Tuesday that its most current studies estimated 98 percent of Afghans were not taking in adequate food– up 17 portion points considering that August.
“Afghanistan is dealing with an avalanche of appetite and destitution the likes of which I have never seen,” WFP country director for Afghanistan Mary-Ellen McGroarty said in a declaration.
The crisis is due to the combined effects of dry spell triggered by international warming, and a financial meltdown intensified by the global community’s decision to freeze funding to the aid-dependent country after the Taliban takeover.
Al-Nashif alerted that “the tough policy choices that member mentions make at this crucial juncture, to avert economic collapse, are actually life and death.”
She voiced specific concern over the serious constraints put on women and women because the Taliban takeover, regardless of their pledging a softer guideline compared to their very first stint in power in the 1990s.

Released at Wed, 15 Dec 2021 01:56:00 -0600