Bidya Bhandari re-elected as Nepal's Prez

Bidya Bhandari re-elected as Nepal's Prez

President Bidya Bhandari got re-elected on Tuesday as the Head of the State, but the euphoria with which Nepalis celebrated her emergence as the country's first female President two years ago is somewhat muted.

With this President Bhandari is the first President of federal Nepal.

Bhandari was re-elected for a second term through a Parliament vote on Tuesday.

In this combo image, Nepali Congress candidate Kumari Laxmi Rai (left) on the way to file her nomination for the presidential poll, and President Bidya Devi Bhandari speaks to mediapersons after registering her candidacy, at Federal Parliament in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, March 07, 2018.

CPN's 65 lawmakers in the parliament and 108 lawmakers in provincial assemblies, the CPN had 10,319 votes.

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Likewise, 549 provincial assembly members were eligible to exercise their franchise in the presidential election this afternoon. But only 862 participated in the election. The vote weightage of lawmaker of Federal Parliament is 79, whereas it is 48 of the lawmakers from the Provincial Council.

There are also 59 members of the National Assembly who can vote, minus three nominees of the National Assembly whose appointments have been challenged at the Supreme Court.

The electors from Sajha Bibeksheel, Naya Shakti and Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party did not cast their votes. Even this time, Oli strongly stood by her, arguing that she is "too young to retire" and must be elected for another term.

She was elected twice in parliamentary elections in 1994 and 1999 and also served as the defence minister.

As a teenager, she joined a student wing of an underground communist party and married its charismatic leader Madan Bhandari, who died in a jeep crash in 1993.

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