On Thursday, Ram Chandra Poudel was chosen as the new president of Nepal.
In the election held in the Federal Parliament on Thursday, senior leader of the Nepali Congress (NC) Poudel received 214 votes from members of the Federal Parliament and 352 votes from lawmakers in the Provincial Assembly.
Subash Chandra Nemwang, a different presidential candidate from the CPN-UML, received 162 votes from members of the Province Assembly and 96 votes from members of the Federal Parliament.
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518 members of the provincial assembly and 313 members of the federal parliament participated in today’s presidential election.
15 members of the federal parliament, including 14 RPP members and one member of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP), abstained from voting for either of the two candidates.
Six members of the federal parliament abstained from the vote. They are Barshaman Pun, who is receiving medical care in China, Laxmi Koiri, who is facing legal action, Tek Bahadur Gurung, who has been suspended, Rabi Lamichhane, whose parliamentary seat has become vacant as a result of his expulsion from office, and Sahanaz Rahman, who passed away.
Similar to this, 28 of the members of the provincial assembly who abstained from the voting are from the RPP, three are neutral NWPP members, and one is from the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal.
Ram Chandra Poudel, a senior member of the Nepali Congress, and Subash Chandra Nembang, vice chair of the CPN (UML), are candidates for third president of the republic of Nepal.
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They were both formerly Speakers. The Nepali Congress, the CPN (Maoist Centre), the CPN (Unified Socialist), the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal, the Loktantrik Samajbadi Party Nepal, the Janamat Party, the Nagarik Unmukti Party, the Rastriya Janamorcha, and the Nepal Samajbadi Party are all supporting Poudel as their joint candidate.
Members of the Federal Parliament and Provincial Assemblies make up the Electoral College for the presidential election.
In total, 882 people are entitled to vote in the Provincial Assembly, the House of Representatives, and the Federal Parliament (332 under the Federal Parliament and 550 under the Province Assembly).
The Provincial Assembly has 48 weighted votes, while the Federal Parliament has 79.
No candidate may be elected to the Office of President more than twice, under the constitution.