Bidhya Devi Bhandari elected as President of Nepal for a second term

Bidhya Devi Bhandari elected as President of Nepal for a second term

Bhandari is the first female president of Nepal.

As Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and other fringe parties also deciding to support Bhandari, she could easily garner 26,921 votes for her re-election.

Two years later, as Bhandari gets re-elected for a fresh five-year term, not everyone is happy. If successful, she will be the first president of Federal Nepal.

Bidya Devi Bhandari, who was backed by the ruling Communist bloc, was widely expected to defeat her sole opponent Kumari Laxmi Rai.

The 56-year-old took up politics in her teens, joining the fight to overturn the monarchy's centuries-long rule and later marrying a fellow communist, Madan Bhandari. The tenure of the current president, who was elected to the post in October 2015, will end soon.

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.

Bhandari is not the only woman at the top of Nepal's government.

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

This episode tarnished Bhandari's image and also harmed the institution of the President.

Nepal held elections for its national parliament and provincial assemblies in November and December past year.

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.

There is a clear indication that Bhandari has been unable to dissociate herself from her previous party.

It was clear before the elections that she is going to again elected as president.

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