Bidhya Devi Bhandari re-elected as Nepal's President for second term

Nepal's first woman President Bidya Devi Bhandari scripts history with second successive triumph

Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected Nepal's president

Bhandari is the first woman President of Nepal.

Backed by the Left alliance, Bhandari (56) fought back the Nepali Congress' Presidential candidate Kumari Laxmi Rai with a grand majority.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

As Nepal's political map was being redrawn 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.

Nabaraj Dhakal, spokesperson at the Election Commission, said out of 884 members of the Electoral College 879 were eligible voters. She will begin her second term as President with this victory.

Bhandari is supported by the Left Alliance which rules the country, integrated by Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist and Maoist Center Party respectively.

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There are also 59 members of the National Assembly who can vote, minus three nominees of the National Assembly whose appointments have been challenged at the Supreme Court.

Counting of votes started at 4 pm. She married a fellow communist Madan Bhandari whom she met during her initial years in politics.

It was clear before the elections that she is going to again elected as president. She won the by-election from Kathmandu-1 defeating the former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai of Nepali Congress.

Previously, President Bhandari had led the Ministry for Environment and Population and in 2009 the Ministry of Defence.She also led the UML's sister wing All Nepal Women Association for around two decades.

"She had good rapport with top leaders of both parties".

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