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President Paudel Assumes His Office
  Kathmandu, Nepal      March 14 2023

Kathmandu, Nepal, March 14, 2023: Newly elected president Ram Chandra Paudel officially assumed his office after taking an oath of office and secrecy amid a special function at Sheetal Niwas, the President’s Office, on Monday. Newly elected President Paudel will now be at Shital Niwas for the next five years. 

Acting Chief Justice Hari Krishna Karki administered the oath of office and secrecy to Poudel amid a special function organized at Sital Niwas. Outgoing president Bidya Devi Bhandari, vice president Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Timilsina, ministers and other senior government officials, diplomats of various countries and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

While assuming the office, President Paudel made his first decision to appoint Ambassador of Nepal to Egypt Sushil Kumar Lamsal as a non-resident ambassador of Nepal to Morocco as per the recommendation of the government.

In the same function, outgoing President Bidya Devi Bhandari was given an official farewell from the office after the oath taking ceremony of her successor Poudel. She completed her second term as second President of the country. 

Veteran Nepali Congress leader Poudel was elected as the third president of Nepal on March 9 with overwhelming majority of votes by defeating his rival contender of CPN UML’s vice chairman Subash Chandra Nemwang. 

The common presidential candidate Poudel of the eight-party alliance that includes Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center), CPN (United Socialist), Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) Nepal and others won the elections securing a total of 33802 votes from the 214 lawmakers of the federal parliament and 352 provincial assembly members.

As per the constitutional provision, lawmakers of the federal parliament and provincial assembly members that consists of 884 members including 275 members of the House of Representatives (Lower House), 59 members of the National Assembly (Upper House), and 550 members of seven provincial assemblies cast the votes to elect the president and vice president. Federal parliamentarians’ vote weight carries 79 while the provincial assembly members' carries just 48.     

Since the constitution envisages the President as the custodian of the constitution, President Paudel has already given resignation from the all the posts and positions of the Nepali Congress including the post as the member of the House of Representatives (HoR).