Bidya Bhandari Elected Second President of Republic Nepal

Kathmandu, Oct 28: Bidya Devi Bhandari has been elected as the second President of Republic Nepal. Bhandari, the Vice Chairperson of CPN (UML), is the first woman President of the country.

In the presidential election held today, she secured 327 votes against 214 votes by her rival from Nepal Congress Kul Bahadur Gurung who is the former General Secretary of the party.

Speaker Onsari Gharti announced the poll results in the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament held following the completion of vote count. The announcement of presidential election was made as per Clause 3 of Article 297 of the Nepal's Constitution. The Speaker congratulated Bhandari on behalf of the Parliament and personally on her election to the post of new President of the country.

The election that began at 11:00 am at the Lhotse Hall of Legislature- Parliament Building, New Baneshwor ran until 14: 00 pm.

Of 597 lawmakers, 549 took part in the presidential voting. Thirty-five lawmakers associated with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front were not present in the meeting. Eight ballots were invalid.

The election for the Vice President is taking place on October 31.

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