July 21, 2008

Nepal Elects President, Maoist Nominee Defeated – Radio

Text of report by Nepalese Kantipur FM on 21 July

Dr Ram Baran Yadav has been elected first president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. An official announcement to this effect will be made in a meeting of the constituent assembly after 4 pm today. Dr Yadav, a Nepali Congress candidate for president, received 308 votes against 280 votes by his rival Ram Raja Prasad Singh, according to sources. The country has a new elected president 52 days after the announcement of the republic. The voting took place from 8 am to11 am [local time] today. Altogether 590 votes were cast and two votes were found invalid, our source claims. Dr Yadav is the general secretary of Nepali Congress and Singh, a Maoist candidate, is the chairman of Nava Janabadi Morcha. The competition between the two candidates was intense. Paramananda Jha of the [southern plains-based] Madhesi People's Rights Forum was elected as first vice president of the country on 19 July. The election for president held on 19 July went to a run off after no candidate secured a clear majority. Dr Yadav has support from Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), Madhes People's Rights Forum and some other small parties. Maoist candidate Singh had support from Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Terai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhavana Party, People's Front Nepal and others.

Originally published by Kantipur FM, Kathmandu, in Nepali 0944 21 Jul 08.

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