Bidhya Devi Bhandari re-elected as Nepal’s President for second term

13 March 2018, 06:43 PM
Bidhya Devi Bhandari re-elected as Nepal’s President for second term (Source: PTI)
Bidhya Devi Bhandari re-elected as Nepal’s President for second term (Source: PTI)

Nepal’s first woman president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, was re-elected as the country’s president for a second term in the office on Tuesday.

Obligatory President Bhandari defeated the Nepali Congress leader Kumar Laxmi Rai with an extreme majority in the presidential elections conducted on Tuesday.

The 56-year-old President won since her nomination was backed by the ruling Left of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) alliance, the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal, and other fringe parties alliance. Bhandari’s first term as the President of Nepal started in 2015.

The CPN-UML carries a total vote bank of 23,356 in the country, with 148 lawmakers in the Federal Parliament and 243 in the Provincial Assemblies, while the CPN (Maoist Centre) has 65 lawmakers in the Parliament and 108 in the Provincial Assemblies, which total the vote bank for 10,319.

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The vote bank of the Nepali Congress accounts for 11,428, with 76 seats in the Parliament and 113 in the Provincial Assemblies. With the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and other fringe parties support, Bhandari’s overall vote bank accounted for up to 26,921 in her re-election.

An electoral college also voted in the Presidential elections, which included the members of Parliament and Provincial Assemblies. 

First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 06:34 PM
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