Nepal elects first woman as parliament speaker

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Kathmandu, Oct 16: Nepalese lawmakers today elected the country's first woman speaker of Parliament following formation of a new government after promulgation of the Constitution.

Parliament unanimously elected UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Onsari Gharti Magar as the Speaker of the House.

Nepal elects first woman speaker

Nepal's Constituent Assembly was converted into the legislative Parliament after the promulgation of the Constitution on September 20 following which KP Sharma Oli was elected as the new prime minister defeating incumbent Sushil Koirala in a contest which became necessary after parties failed to forge a consensus amid violent protests over the country's new Constitution.

Gharti was elected unanimously to the post after Nepal Workers and Peasants Party withdrew the candidacy of its lawmaker Anuradha Thapa Magar.

With the victory, Gharti became the first woman to lead the legislative body in Nepal's parliamentary history.

Earlier she had served as Deputy Speaker in Parliament. Gharti was backed by the ruling coalition, consisting of CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and some fringe parties.

The main opposition Nepali Congress had also extended support to her candidacy. Similarly, Ganga Prasad Yadav has also been elected Deputy Speaker of the Parliament unanimously.

PTI

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