Ramchandra Paudel sworn in as the President of Nepal
Vice President Nand Bahadur, Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire, National Assembly Speaker Ganesh Prasad Timilsina besides other senior government officials were also present on the occasion.
Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel on Monday took oath of office and secrecy as the third President of Nepal. Nepal’s Acting Chief Justice Harikrishna Karki administered the oath of office and secrecy to Paudel (78) at a special ceremony held at Sheetal Niwas, the official office of the President. Vice President Nand Bahadur, Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire, National Assembly Speaker Ganesh Prasad Timilsina besides other senior government officials were also present on the occasion.
Senior Nepali Congress leader Paudel was elected the country’s President on Thursday by defeating Subhash Chandra Nembang of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML). Paudel got the support of eight political parties. Poudel got 33,802 out of 52,628 votes while Nembang got 15,518. Poudel, a former speaker and multiple-time minister, has had a long political journey to reach the highest office in the country. He spent over a decade in jail.
He was an MLA six times, minister five times and speaker for one term. This was the third presidential election after the country was declared a republic in 2008. Paudel replaces Vidya Devi Bhandari, whose term ended on March 12. The total number of electors for the election of the President was 882, including 332 members of parliament and 550 members of the provincial assemblies of the seven provinces.
The results of the presidential election have come as a relief to the government led by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ as the CPN-UML led by former prime minister KP Sharma Oli has split following differences over supporting Paudel for the presidential election. Withdrawal of support from the government. Oli on Monday appointed Nembang as the deputy leader of the parliamentary party.
The term of office of the President shall be five years from the date of election and a person can be elected to this office only for two terms. Born on October 14, 1944, in a middle-class farmer’s family in Bahunpokhri, Paudel started his political journey at the age of 16. In 1970, he was a founding central member of Nepali Chhatra Sangh, the student wing of the Nepali Congress.
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