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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari, for the first time after parliamentary elections, has addressed both the houses — the House of Representatives and the National Assembly — as per the Article 95 (2) of the Constitution on Thursday.

Addressing the joint assembly of federal parliament today, the head of the state stressed that democracy is not worth if the citizen cannot increase the living standard.

President Bhandari said that the country has entered into a new era of political stability and economic development following successful holding of the three-tier—local, provincial and federal—elections.

Reading out a paper that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has handed over to her, she said that the successful conclusion of elections has brought an end to the protracted political transition and uncertainty and induced rays of hope for prosperity.

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She further said, “The mandate from the public has given the way out for the prosperity of the country.”

Offering condolences to the people who sacrificed their lives for the nation, she said that time has come to fulfill the dreams of martyrs to take the country towards the path of prosperity and economic development.

She said, “The public should have an equal approach to the development, optimum use of the natural sources and youths shouldn’t have to go abroad for employment.”

Stressing on coordination with the neighbouring countries for the prosperity and development of the country, the President said that the government should have maintained diplomatic relations with neighbors for the prosperity of the nation.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, House of Representatives Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara and National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Timalsina, among others, receiveed President at the conference hall,according to Parliament Secretariat Spokesperson Bharat Raj Gautam.

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Constitution Day today

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KATHMANDU — The Constitution Day is being observed throughout the country by organising various programs on Wednesday.

The government has organised a special function at the Nepal Army pavilion to mark the third anniversary of the Constitution, promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari,Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, security chiefs, heads of diplomatic missions based in Kathmandu, among others, are attending the function.

The government had formed a main organising committee chaired by Prime Minister Oli to celebrate the event.

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An aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2075’, balloons, and flowers were showered from helicopter as parts of the celebration.

Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts are set to perform march past.

Meanwhile, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended best wishes to fellow citizens on the occasion of Constitution Day and National Day 2075.

In her message, President Bhandari said it was a matter of happiness for all to have an environment conducive to prosper democratic political system of Nepal through constitutional roadmap.

She said that the Constitution has envisaged creating an equitable society based on social justice with a goal to develop a socialism-oriented economy.

“I think it is the timely need for all the actors including people-representative institutions, political parties, state organs and entire Nepali people to embrace the letter and spirit of the Constitution to expedite socio-economic development”.

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Likewise, Prime Minister Oli expressed deep tribute to the martyrs who laid down their lives and also owed heartfelt gratitude to entire people of the country for their substantial contributions to bound the country to rule of law.

He said that the consitution, which was framed through the Constituent Assembly after a seven-decade long wait not only fulfilled people’s aspiration and optimism but also included principles and values.

Prime Minister Oli has also said that the Constitution has guaranteed fundamental rights and freedom to all citizens without any discrimination.

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