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Bhandari relected as Nepal president

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Nepal's first woman Bidya Devi was today relected for a second term in office.

defeated with an overwhelming majority in the

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-and other fringe parties.

She became Nepal's first woman in 2015.

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

CPN (Maoist Centre) has 65 lawmakers in parliament and 108 in provincial assemblies, which account for 10,319 votes.

The Nepali Congress, which has 76 seats in parliament and 113 in provincial assemblies, has a total vote of 11,428.

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

An electoral college, including members of parliament and provincial assemblies, will vote in the election.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:50 IST