Nepal elects first fe­male pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Nepal’s par­lia­ment has elected women’s rights cam­paigner Bid­hya Devi Bhandari as its first fe­male pres­i­dent, in a move hailed as a mile­stone.

She is the sec­ond per­son to hold the mainly cer­e­mo­nial role.

The 54-year-old is cur­rently the vice-chair of the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (United Marx­ist Lenin­ist).

Ms Bhandari was defence min­is­ter from 2009 to 2011. As pres­i­dent, she has promised to cham­pion mi­nor­ity and women’s rights in Nepal.

Ear­lier this month, Nepal’s par­lia­ment chose its new prime min­is­ter, KP Sharma Oli.

Ms Bhandari re­places Ram Baran Ya­dav, who was the coun­try’s first elected pres­i­dent in 2008 af­ter Nepal abol­ished its monar­chy.

Her elec­tion comes shortly af­ter Nepal put in place its new con­sti­tu­tion in Septem­ber aimed at sta­bil­is­ing the coun­try, but which ended up spark­ing deadly vi­o­lence, killing at least 40 peo­ple.

Ms Bhandari (cen­tre) was elected by Nepal’s par­lia­ment

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