Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected to 2nd term of office

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

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

For the first time, she became the president on October 28, 2015, a month after the country promulgated the milestone new constitution. Bhandari received 39,275 electoral points while her competitor the Nepali Congress' Laxmi Rai received 11,730.

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.

A total of 334 members of the federal parliament, comprising 275 members of the house of representatives, 59 of the national assembly, and 550 of provincial assemblies are eligible to vote in the election.

Lawmakers from the national parliament and provincial assemblies voted in the presidential election.

The UML and its coalition partner, the former rebel Maoists, enjoy almost two-thirds majority in the parliament, which assured Bhandari's victory.

The voting which begun from 10 the office of the Election Commission of Nepal (ECP) in Kathmandu ended at 3 p.m.

According to the Act for the Election of President and Deputy President, each vote of a lawmaker in the parliament will have a weightage of 79 and those from provincial assemblies will have 48.

Nepal Majdoor Kishan Party, Bibeksheel Sajha and Naya Shakti have said they will not vote for any candidate in the elections.

She wielded considerable influence in the CPN-UML, one of the constituents of the Left Alliance, and was elected vice-chairperson of the party in its eighth general convention held in Butwal.

Counting of votes started at 4 pm.

With 148 lawmakers in the Federal Parliament and 243 in Provincial Assemblies, the CPN-UML commands a total vote of 23,356.

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