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

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 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. Bhandari defeated Kumari Laxmi Rai from Opposition Nepali Congress with a staggering majority in the Presidential election.

Nepal today voted in its presidential election with early trends indicating a win for incumbent Bidya Devi Bhandari, the countrys first woman president.

An electoral college, including the members of federal parliament and provincial assemblies, will vote in the election that will be held in Parliament building. Bhandari had been endorsed by the left-alliance. President Bhandari has won by 27,545 votes.

As Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and other fringe parties also deciding to support President Bhandari, she could easily garner 26,921 votes for her re-election.

The voting had begun from 10:00 am and went on till 3:00 pm today.

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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. the results will be out by the evening", the Election Commission's spokesperson, Nawaraj Dhakal, told ANI in an interview. The Rastriya Janata Party, which has been raising issues related to Madhesh, has also said it will vote for Bhandari in the election.

During her first two-year term, Bhandari was accused of failing to be the Head of the State in the true sense. Currentl y, there are 275 lawmakers in House of Representatives and 59 in the National Assembly.

She will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice on Wednesday.

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