KATHMANDU — Bidya Devi Bhandari has been sworn in as the President of Nepal for the second time on Wednesday.
Ousted-Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas.
With this President Bhandari is the first President of federal republic of Nepal. She is also the first Nepali President to be elected as the country’s president twice.
President Bhandari got elected for a second term on Tuesday.
According to the Election Commission of Nepal (ECP), President Bhandari of the Left Alliance garnered 39,275 votes. Her competitor, Laxmi Rai of the opposition Nepali Congress party secured 11,730 votes.
The Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) and the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) who went on a marathon protest demanding the amendment in the country’s constitution, voted for President Bhandari in the elections.Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli leaves for New York
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma has left for New York leading the Nepali delegation to the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. PM Oli is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.
Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, among others were present to see him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Deputy PM Pokhrel will officiate duties as the acting Prime Minister during Oli’s absence.
During his New York stay, the prime minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will engage in sideline meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Cambodian Prime Minister Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
The prime minister will also attend the reception to be hosted by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the evening of September 24 and a luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 25.
Besides addressing the UNGA on September 27, Prime Minister Oli will address a high-level plenary meeting of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on September 24 being organized to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The prime minister will also deliver a statement at the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) being hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 25.
According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the prime minister, after concluding UNGA, will leave New York for San Jose, Costa Rica on September 29 to have a bilateral meeting with the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada.
Oli will return to Kathmandu on October 3 after an 11-day long abroad stay.Follow @gorkhapost