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Bidya Devi Bhandari, Nepal’s 1st Female President, Wins Aecond Term

Published on March 15, 2018
Nepal’s first woman President Bidya Devi Bhandari with her uncontroversial image managed to be re-elected for a second term by the lawmakers. She received an over-whelming majority.

About Bhandari's triumph

Bhandari is the the Left alliance’s candidate who defeated her Nepali Congress (NC) rival Kumari Laxmi Rai in the presidential election. She secured 39,275 votes while the NC’s Ms. Rai garnered 11,730 votes. 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's Political Career

She took up politics in her teensby joining the fight to overturn the monarchy’s centuries-long rule.
She became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015 and was elected twice in parliamentary elections in 1994 and 1999. After the end of the brutal Maoist insurgency in 2006 and overthrow of the king two years later, Bhandari campaigned hard to bring woman’s voices to parliament.

Expected Questions

Who was Nepal's first female president?
a. Binia Devi Bhandari
b. Bindiya Devi Bhandari
c. Bidya Devi Bhandari
d. Biriya Devi Bhandari
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