Kathmandu: Indira Ranamagar of Rastriya Swatantra Party has been elected as the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, the lower house of the federal parliament.
Rana Magar, a central committee member of the party, secured 166 votes out of 264 votes cast. Likewise, 97 lawmakers voted against Rana Magar, and one lawmaker abstained.
Devraj Ghimire, the Speaker of the House, who was chairing today’s House session, announced the proposal to elect Rana Magar as the Deputy Speaker has been endorsed by a majority.
Ranamagar is a familiar name in the social work sector nationally and internationally. Known for her advocacy and actions to help prisoners and their children gain access to education, dignity and a safer childhood. Ranamagar was one of the three nominees of the 2014 World Children’s Prize and was awarded the world children’s honorary award in October 2014 by Queen Silvia of Sweden. She was featured in BBC’s 100 Women List 2017 as an influential and inspirational woman.