Bhandari took almost two-thirds of the vote to retain her position as ceremonial head of state, the election commission confirmed. The more unfortunate chapter was when UML stalwart Asta Laxmi Shakya accused Bhandari of lobbying against her during the Chief Ministerial election in Province 3. There is discontent not just within the main opposition NC, but also within the UML - the ruling party that backed her.
Nepalese lawmakers on Tuesday reelected Bidhya Devi Bhandari as the country's president, three months after the parliamentary elections were held in which a communist alliance won the largest number of seats. Nation first female President tenure has been extended for another 5 years.
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Late previous year she signed into law a revamp of the country's ancient penal code, which criminalises the dowry system and bans an old Hindu practice that banishes woman from the home while menstruating. 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.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari certifies various bills endorsed by the Legislature-Parliament, at her office in Sheetal Niwas, in Kathmandu, on Monday, October 16, 2017.
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According to the Act for the Election of President and Deputy President, each vote of lawmaker in the Federal Parliament will have a weightage of 79 and those from Provincial Assemblies 48.
The Communists rode to a thumping victory late last year in local, provincial and national elections that capped Nepal's tumultuous 11 year transition from monarchy to federal democracy.More news: Iraq lifts ban on intl flights to Kurdistan airports