Bhandari re-elected as Nepali president for 2nd term

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

She was first elected president in 2015, shortly after Nepal's post-war constitution was passed, which carves out one-third of seats in parliament for woman and mandates that either the president or vice president must be a woman.

Kathmandu: Nepal's lawmakers Tuesday elected President Bidya Bhandari for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan nation's first female head of state for another five years.

Bhandari defeated her Nepali Congress (NC) rival Kumari Laxmi Rai. Bhandari got 39,725 votes while her opposition candidate Rai secured 11,730 votes.

Former UML leader Bhandari's candidacy has been backed by the ruling party and its ally CPN Maoist Centre.

Voting has begun at the Nepal parliament, for election of the new President of the country.

Nepal held elections for its national parliament and provincial assemblies in November and December a year ago. "We have made the arrangements to count the votes after the voting concludes, and the vote counting is expected to start after 4:00 p.m. and the results will be out by the evening", Election Commission's spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal was quoted by ANI.

Lawmakers from the national parliament and provincial assemblies voted in the presidential election.

As many as 862 votes were cast in the presidential election today at the Federal Parliament Building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.

With 148 lawmakers in the Federal Parliament and 243 in Provincial Assemblies, the CPN-UML commands a total vote of 23,356.

The 56-year-old was a minister of defence for nearly two years during her party's previous administration.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of the country will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the re-elected President on Wednesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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