Xi congratulates Nepalese president on taking office for new term

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Mar 14, 2018-Incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari has been re-elected as the head of state for the second time, securing almost three-fourths of the total vote strength of the Electoral College.

During her previous tenure as the President, she had had a fair performance, save the controversy over delaying the ordinance of the National Assembly and not approving the nominees to the NA recommended by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba led government.

With this President Bhandari is the first President of federal Nepal.

After the death of her firebrand communist husband Madan Bhandari in a jeep accident in 1993, she was politically groomed by UML leader KP Oli, who has just emerged as Nepal's strongest Prime Minister since 1990.

'The preparations for the election of today have been completed.

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However, the vote weightage of the lawmakers from the adjacent parliaments is different.

Bhandari is a close ally of the ruling Communist bloc that has a strong majority in parliament as well as six of the seven provincial assemblies.

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

On Tuesday, President Bhandari got elected for a second term. The calculation of the votes to be cast in favour of incumbent President Bhandari from left alliance is 33,575. Members of the federal Parliament and provincial assemblies participated in the election.

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. The Nepali Congress is left behind with 11,428 vote weightage and the RJP-N and the FSF-N has vote weightage of 2,845 and 3,198 vote weightage.

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