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Bidhya Bhandari elected Nepal's first female president


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Bidhya Bhandari elected Nepal's first female president

Nepal has a new president, and for the first time, it’s a woman.

The Himalayan nation’s parliament on Wednesday (October 28) chose Bidhya Bhandari, 54 and currently vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party, for the largely ceremonial role.

Her election comes one month after the country passed a new constitution. The first drawn up by elected representatives, the constitution was meant to cement peace and bolster Nepal’s transformation to a democratic republic after decades of political instability and a 10-year Maoist insurgency.

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