Nepal parliament re-elects Bidhya Bhandari as president


China on Wednesday congratulated Bidya Devi Bhandari on being re-elected as Nepal's President.

Pathak said the UML leaders were also keen for her to continue as the head of state for a full five-year term since her first tenure ended after just two-and-a-half years.

The Election Commission said Bhandari received a large majority of the ballots. Prior to her election, she was the vice-chairman of UML, the post to which she was elected twice in 2009 and 2014.

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CPN-UML leader Bhandari was elected the first woman president of Nepal on October 28, 2015.

Bhandari is a close ally of the ruling Communist bloc that has a strong majority in parliament as well as six of the seven provincial assemblies.

Parliamentarians Yubaraj Khatiwada, Bimala Poudel and Ram Narayan Bidari could not cast their votes as their names were not enlisted in for voting.

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CPN (Maoist Centre) has 65 lawmakers in parliament and 108 in provincial assemblies, which account for 10,319 votes. The combined vote weightage of the votes as per the calculations now is 26,000 and 70.

On Tuesday, President Bhandari got elected for a second term.

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

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The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) and the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) who went on a marathon protest demanding the amendment in the country's constitution recently, voted for President Bhandari in the elections. Members of the federal Parliament and provincial assemblies participated in the election. The Nepali Congress is left behind with 11,428 vote weightage and the RJP-N and the FSF-N has vote weightage of 2,845 and 3,198 vote weightage.