Ram Chandra Paudel is the third president of republic Nepal

Out of 52,628 votes by weightage, Paudel secured 33,802 votes while Subash Nembang from CPN-UML received 15,518 votes in the election held in Nepal’s parliament on Thursday.

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Kathmandu: Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra has become the third president of Nepal by securing 33,802 votes. In the election of the head of state that took place in parliament on Thursday, his rival, Subash Chandra Nembang of CPN-UML secured 15,518 votes out of the total 49,591 votes cast.

Paudel, the leader with a long legacy and history of struggle for democracy, is seen as a clean figure within Nepali Congress.

He had been defeated 17 times as a Prime Minister candidate in 2010-11 in a seven-month-long process that continued to elect the Prime Minister as no candidate was able to muster 301 votes in the house of 601 despite 16 rounds of voting. 

This time, however, Paudel has been able to secure enough votes to become the president in the first round of election.

Paudel will formally assume office after taking oath of office and secrecy from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.