Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected President of Nepal for second term

Nepal’s first woman President Bidya Devi Bhandari has been re-elected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority. Fifty-six-year old Bhandari, the Left alliance’s candidate, defeated her Nepali Congress rival Kumari Laxmi Rai in the election held yesterday. 

Election Commission spokesperson Nawaraj Dhakal said that Ms Bhandari secured 39,275 votes while the NC’s Rai garnered 11,730 votes. She became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015.