The Nepali Congress Party’s senior most politician Ram Chandra Paudel has been elected President of Nepal.
In a voting held on Thursday March 9, Poudel garnering nearly two-thirds of votes by weightage from the Members of the House of Representatives (lower house of parliament), National Assembly (upper house of parliament) and seven provincial assemblies defeated UML candidate Subash Chandra Nemwang.
As per the Election Commission declaration, out of 52,628 votes by weightage, Paudel secured 33,802 votes while Subas Nemwang of the CPN-UML garnered 15,518 votes.
Among the total 881 federal and provincial lawmakers who are eligible to vote, 831 votes were cast in the presidential election that were of 313 federal lawmakers and 518 provincial assembly members.
With winning Thursday’s election Poudel will be the third President of Nepal.
The Nepali Congress leader Poudel is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and was deputy prime minister between 2000 and 2002. He has been elected as a lawmaker six times.
Poudel,78, will succeed Bidya Devi Bhandari as Nepal’s Head of State. Outgoing president Ms. Bhandari is the second President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal who is concluding her term on March 12. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav of the Nepali Congress Party was the first President of the country.
As per the Constitution of Nepal 2015, the President is the Head of the State.
Born in Tanahun district of western Nepal, Poudel is an author of several books who has an academic background of MA in literature. He is father to four daughters and a son.