Bidya Devi Bhandari is re-elected as President of Nepal (Source: thehindu)

Incumbent President Bhandari defeated Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai with an overwhelming majority in the presidential election.

Bhandari, who was backed by the ruling left alliance, secured votes from 245 federal parliament members and 415 provincial assembly members. Bhandari's rival Kumari Laxmi Rai, who was backed by the Nepali Congress (NC), secured votes from 78 members of the Federal Parliament and 116 provincial assembly members.

Ms. Bidya Devi Bhandari became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015. She was elected twice in parliamentary elections, in 1994 and 1999, and also served as the defence minister./.

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