Senior Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Paudel was on Monday sworn in as the President of Nepal. Acting Chief Justice Hari Krishna Karki administered the oath to 78-year-old Paudel at a special ceremony at Sheetal Niwas, the President’s Office. A provision in Nepal’s constitution specifies that the President before assuming office shall take the oath of office and secrecy from the Chief Justice.
Ram Chandra Paudel was on Thursday elected as the new Nepalese President.
Paudel secured 33,802 electoral votes while his rival Subash Chandra Nembwang secured 15,518 electoral votes, according to Nepal’s Election Commission.
Further, according to Nepal’s Election Commission, 313 members of the federal parliament took part in the voting while 518 members from the provincial assemblies also participated in the electoral process to pick the next president.
Lawmakers from all provinces arrived in Kathmandu for the election. A total of 884 members make up the Electoral College, including 275 members of the House of Representatives, 59 of the National Assembly and 550 of the seven provincial assemblies.
Paudel was supported by eight parties while Subash Chandra Nembang, the sole candidate from CPN-UML, was tipped to be backed by independent lawmakers.
Paudel on Thursday said that he has experience in governance and the functioning of state mechanisms which makes him suitable for the new post.
Apart from being a former House Speaker, Paudel has spent over a decade in jail. He has, till now, become a lawmaker six times and minister five times. A senior leader of the Nepali Congress, Paudel had lost the intra-party election but now he has been elected the third president of the country. Paudel had the backing of ten parties on Thursday’s election.