China congratulates Nepal President Bhandari on re-election


Bidya Devi Bhandari was on Tuesday re-elected the President of Nepal with an overwhelming majority.

Pathak said the UML leaders were also keen for her to continue as the head of state for a full five-year term since her first tenure ended after just two-and-a-half years. The calculation of the votes to be cast in favour of incumbent President Bhandari from left alliance is 33,575.

Bhandari mustered 39,275 votes while Rai garnered 11,730 votes, Election Commission spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal said.

Late a year ago 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.

She joined the political in her teens and was part of a campaign against monarchy's centuries-long rule and later married communist leader Madan Bhandari.

It was after her husband's death in a mysterious auto accident in 1993 that the mother of two became a prominent voice, riding a wave of sympathy to win a seat in parliament.

Nepal parliament will elect the new President on Tuesday, with voting set to start from 10:00 3:00 p.m.

China always respects and supports the Nepalese people's independent choice of social system and development path, and believes that Nepal will make greater achievements under the leadership of Bhandari and the Nepalese government.

Elected as the first woman president of the country in 2015, she had presented her candidacy for the second time with the backing of the left alliance-CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre)- which holds a comfortable majority in the Federal Parliament and provincial assemblies. The Federal parliament was formed after the completion of House of Representatives and Province Assembly elections in December.

She will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice on Wednesday.