Bid­hya Bhan­dari to con­tinue as Pres­i­dent

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The Left al­liance gov­ern­ment has unan­i­mously named Pres­i­dent Bid­hya Bhan­dari as the can­di­date to the post of the Pres­i­dent for the next term as well. The UML Stand­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing held on 6 March evening had pro­posed Bhan­dari as the Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. The Maoist Cen­ter has al­ready de­cided to sup­port UML can­di­date to the post of the Pres­i­dent. There­fore, it has be­come sure that Bhan­dari will con­tinue to the post of the Pres­i­dent for the next term. Elec­tion of the new Pres­i­dent is tak­ing place on March 13. The CPN-UML had called the meet­ing of the party’s stand­ing com­mit­tee to se­lect the can­di­date for the pres­i­dent on Tues­day. At the meet­ing JN Khanal had also claimed the post of the Pres­i­dent, how­ever, due to party chair­man Oli’s pres­sure, Bhadari’s name was fi­nal­ized. Vice Pres­i­dent will go to the Maoist Cen­ter and more likely Nanda Ku­mar Pun will con­tinue as the VP. With the left al­liance’s de­ci­sion to give con­ti­nu­ity to both Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent, hope of other lead­ers to be­come the Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent has been shat­tered. UML lead­ers Jhala Nath Khanal and Subas Nem­bang­were show­ing their in­ter­est to be­come pres­i­dent while AmikSer­chan of the Maoist-Cen­tre was hop­ing to be­come new Vice Pres­i­dent this time. Like­wise, Ram Ba­hadur Thapa of the Maoist- Cen­tre was also por­trayed as a po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, but he has al­ready been ap­pointed Home Min­is­ter. The mem­bers of the fed­eral par­lia­ment and the pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies will cast their votes in the elec­tions. As the left al­liance en­joys al­most a two-thirds ma­jor­ity in the cen­tre as well as six of the seven prov­inces, can­di­date from the left al­liance will be elected as the third pres­i­dent of Re­pub­lic of Nepal. As Prime Min­is­ter K P Oli and Maoist-Cen­tre boss are re­port­edly will­ing to give con­ti­nu­ity to Bhan­dari and Nanda Ba­hadur Pun to the posts of Pres­i­dent and Vice Pres­i­dent re­spec­tively, it was al­ready spec­u­lated that both Pres­i­dent and VP would con­tinue for the next term also. For­mer prime min­is­ter Khanal had ex­erted pres­sure on the lead­er­ship for the post of Pres­i­dent. He had even said that the pres­i­dent should not be re­peated.

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