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

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Left Alliance candidate Bidya Devi Bhandari was on Tuesday relected for a second term in office.

Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Incumbent President Bhandari defeated Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai with an overwhelming majority in the presidential election.

Bhandari, 56, won since her nomination was backed by the ruling Left alliance of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and other fringe parties.

Bhandari was first elected president on October 28, 2015.

The electoral college for presidential election included 880 voters including 331 lawmakers of the federal parliament and 549 of the provincial assemblies. The votes of federal and provincial lawmakers were given different weightage.

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