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Candidacy nominations for new president today

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KATHMANDU — The registration of candidacy for the election to the post of President is taking place Wednesday.

The Election Commission has called for candidacy nominations from those aspiring to become the third president of the country from 10 am to 2 pm today at the EC’s temporary office set up on the premises of parliament at New Baneshwar, according to Spokesperson for the Election Commission, Nawaraj Dhakal.

The election of the president for the second time since the promulgation of the constitution in 2015 will be as per the new law that allows provincial assembly members also to vote.

As per the election schedule, the final list of candidates would be published at 6 pm on March 8.

The Election Commission has published the voters’ list for the President election today. The members of the House of Representatives, the National Assembly and the State Assemblies are the voters. There are 880 voters for the election to the President.

However, the names of the three people nominated to the National Assembly by the President on the recommendation of the government and that of State Assembly member Rajib Gurung have not been included in the voters list.

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The election to the post of president is taking place on March 13 in connection with implementation of the Constitution of Nepal after the election to the House of Representatives and the National Assembly. The time for the election is from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Parliament Building at Naya Baneshwar has been designated as the polling centre for the election.So far none of the political parties has officially announced their candidates to contest for the third President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

Dr Ram Baran Yadav was elected the first President and the incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari is the second person elected to the post after the country was declared a republic.

Meanwhile, the 101st meeting of the CPN-UML Standing Committee has decided to endorse incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s candidacy for the next term of Office. The meeting that concluded late at Tuesday night made the decision.

With this decision, President Bhandari’s continuity into the next term is almost confirmed.

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China to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with Nepal under BRI : Chinese President XI

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BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China is ready to to strengthen cooperation with Nepal in infrastructure connectivity, post-disaster reconstruction, trade and investment under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

During the meeting woth visiting Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday, President Xi said that the two sides should strengthen cultural cooperation and build a solid foundation of public opinion for enhanced Sino-Nepal relations, according to a statement released by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA),

President Xi also highlighted the need to strengthen cooperation to curb transnational crime and safeguard the common security of China and Nepal.

“China and Nepal need to strengthen communications and coordination on major international issues,” the Chinese MoFA statement quoted the president as saying.

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“China and Nepal are friendly neighbors sharing weal and woe since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Nepal,” Xi said, “The two countries have always carried out mutually beneficial cooperation on the basis of the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.'”

While appreciating Nepal’s One-China policy, President Xi reiterated Chinese support for safeguarding Nepal’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“China supports Nepal in independently choosing a social system and development path suited to its national conditions and hopes Nepal will achieve its development goals at an early date,” the statement further quoted Xi as saying during the meeting.

China appreciates Nepal’s firm adherence to the one-China policy and will, as always, support Nepal’s efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and support Nepal’s independent choice of social system and development, Xi said.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Oli extended his heartfelt congratulations to President Xi for the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2017 as well as the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2018, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing.

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The Prime Minister also congratulated the Chinese president for successfully holding the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) last week and on his assuming chairmanship of the organization.

Prime Minister Oli has also handed over an invitation letter sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to President Xi to visit Nepal.

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