Kathmandu: Nepal's first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was on Tuesday relected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority.
Two years later, as Bhandari gets re-elected for a fresh five-year term, not everyone is happy. Though the Nepali Congress led in the presidential elections with 11,428 votes from its 76 members in parliament 113 in provincial assemblies, the support of other smaller parties led to the victory of Bhandari. Members of the federal Parliament and provincial assemblies participated in the election. In Tuesday's voting, a total of a total of 330 lawmakers from the Federal Parliament and 550 lawmakers from the Provincial Council are eligible to vote.
Bhandari was elected twice in parliamentary elections in 1994 and 1999.
The 56-year-old President won since her nomination was backed by the ruling Left of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) alliance, the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal, and other fringe parties alliance.
Meanwhile, Sushila Karki served as the country's first female chief justice until her retirement in 2017, shocking her political backers when she took a tough stance on Nepal's endemic corruption. She married a fellow communist Madan Bhandari whom she met during her initial years in politics.
Previously, President Bhandari had led the Ministry for Environment and Population and in 2009 the Ministry of Defence.
During her previous tenure as the President, she had had a fair performance, save the controversy over delaying the ordinance of the National Assembly and not approving the nominees to the NA recommended by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba led government.
She also led the UML's sister wing All Nepal Women Association for around two decades.