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Nepal's first female president wins second term

14 March 2018, 05:25 | Melissa Porter

Bidya Devi Bhandari who was elected for a second term in voting by national and provincial lawmakers on Tuesday

Bidya Devi Bhandari who was elected for a second term in voting by national and provincial lawmakers on Tuesday

Kathmandu: Nepal's lawmakers Tuesday elected President Bidya Bhandari for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan nation's first female head of state for another five years.

The CPN-UML carries a total vote bank of 23,356 in the country, with 148 lawmakers in the Federal Parliament and 243 in the Provincial Assemblies, while the CPN (Maoist Centre) has 65 lawmakers in the Parliament and 108 in the Provincial Assemblies, which total the vote bank for 10,319. She also did not endorse the names of the three persons nominated by the previous government as the National Assembly (NA) members.

The electors from Sajha Bibeksheel, Naya Shakti and Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party did not cast their votes.

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

She joined the political in her teens and was part of a campaign against monarchy's centuries-long rule and later married communist leader Madan Bhandari.

President Bhandari, who was involved in politics from her college days, rose to prominence following the death of her husband in a jeep accident in Dasdhunga, Chitwan, in 1993. After the death of her husband in a vehicle accident, she started participating in active politics and later elected as a lawmaker in Nepal Parliament in 1994 and chosen again in 1999. She won the by-election from Kathmandu-1 defeating the former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai of Nepali Congress.

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. Constitution experts and analysts say her inability to be a unifying figure could hurt not just the presidential institution, but also the republic that is still in its infancy.

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