Kathmandu: Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel has been elected as the new President of Nepal, according to the Election Commission of Nepal. Paudel defeated former minister and speaker Suvas Chandra Nemwang of the CPN-UML party to become the third President of the country.
Congratulations Pour in for Paudel
Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba congratulated Paudel on his victory, who had the support of eight parties of Nepal along with Prime Minister Pushp Kamal Dahal Prachanda.
Nemwang Supported by KP Oli’s Party
Nemwang, who had the support of KP Oli’s party, lost to Poudel after receiving the vote of 214 MPs and 352 members of the provincial assemblies. The total number of voters for the presidential election was 882, consisting of 332 members of Parliament and 550 members of seven provincial assemblies.
Third Presidential Election Since Nepal Became a Republic
The election was held on Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm in the Parliament House complex in Nayabneshwar. Election Commission spokesman Shaligram said that 518 members of the provincial assemblies and 313 members of Parliament voted in the presidential election. This was the third presidential election since Nepal became a republic in 2008.