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President Bhandari re-elected for second term

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KATHMANDU — Incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari has been re-elected as the President of Nepal for a second term on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority, as per the voting result made public following today’s presidential election.

Bhandari had been endorsed by the left-alliance. Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, and other fringe parties had also backed Bhandari.

Main opposition party Nepali Congress had fielded former lawmaker Kumari Laxmi Rai against Bhandari in the run for the country’s top post.

Bhandari mustered 39,275 votes while her rival candidate Kumari Laxmi Rai, of the main opposition Nepali Congress, garnered 11,730 votes, EC Spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal said.

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CPN-UML leader Bhandari was elected as the first woman President of Nepal for the first time on October 28, 2015 by defeating Kul Bahadur Gurung of Nepali Congress.

The voting had begun from 10:00 am and went on till 3:00 pm and the counting of votes started at 4:00 pm following the conclusion of ballot casting. An electoral college comprising Members of Federal Parliament and Province Assemblies had cast their votes to elect the President.

As many as 862 votes were cast in the presidential election today at the Federal Parliament Building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.

Out of the 334 federal parliament members, 326 members cast their votes in the election. Likewise, 549 provincial assembly members were eligible to cas thier vote in the presidential election, of which 13 were absent during the vote casting.

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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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