Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected as the President of Nepal


Incumbent President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is standing in the fray for her second term challenged by Laxmi Rai from the Nepali Congress, but the mathematical calculation has shown the vote to swing for President Bhandari.

CPN (Maoist Centre) has 65 lawmakers in parliament and 108 in provincial assemblies, which account for 10,319 votes.

Out of the 334 federal parliament members, 326 cast their votes in the presidential election held at the Federal Parliament building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, today.

An electoral college, including members of parliament and provincial assemblies, will vote in the election.

Her victory was expected as her nomination in the Presidential elections was backed by the ruling left alliance CPN-UML and CPN, Sanghiya Samajbadi forum, and other parties.

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She was first elected the head of state in October 2015.

Bhandari has a long political career. Prior to her election, she was the vice-chairman of UML, the post to which she was elected twice in 2009 and 2014. She married a fellow communist Madan Bhandari whom she met during her initial years in politics. She won the by-election from Kathmandu-1 defeating the former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai of Nepali Congress.

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.

China always respects and supports the Nepalese people's independent choice of social system and development path, and believes that Nepal will make greater achievements under the leadership of Bhandari and the Nepalese government.

And Bhandari has not concealed her admiration for and loyalty to Oli, even while holding a position that does not allow her to be inclined to a particular party or a leader.