Nepal elects first female president

Written by on October 29, 2015

Nepalese politicians have elected a longtime women’s rights campaigner to become the country’s first female president, as the Himalayan nation pushes for more gender equality in politics and work life.

Nepal's newly elected President Bidhya Bhandari (C) walks out from the parliament after she was elected to power in Kathmandu, Nepal 28 October 2015.Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the fifty-four-year-old deputy leader of Nepal’s Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist, had lobbied actively for the new constitution to require that either the president or vice president be a woman.

Bhandari said her election, by a vote of three hundred and twenty-seven to two hundred and fourteen against Congress party leader Kul Bahadur Gurung, marks a first step toward assuring the new constitutional guarantees of equality are fulfilled.




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