Paudel was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1991 from Tanhun District and has since been elected to Parliament for six consecutive terms from the same district.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s newly elected President Ramchandra Paudel takes oath Nepal’s third President. He is administered the oath by the Acting Chief Justice of Nepal at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Presidential Secretariat of Nepal said. He was up against Subhash Chandra Nembwang of the CPN-UML. Ramchandra Paudel got 33,802 votes in the election. The commission said, 313 members of the Federal Parliament participated in the elections held in the Nepali Parliament.
Paudel has become President at a time when political instability in Nepal is increasing and the coalition government led by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is getting weaker. Paudel was the joint candidate of the coalition of eight parties. These include the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist Center (CPN- Maoist Centre). Paudel was supported by 214 members of parliament and 352 members of provincial assemblies.
This was the third presidential election after the country was declared a republic in 2008. The tenure of Nepal’s outgoing President Bidya Devi Bhandari has ended a day earlier.
Who is Ram Chandra Paudel?
Paudel was born on 14 October 1944 in Bahunpokhri in a middle-class farming family. He joined politics at the age of 16. He became a founding member of the Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the Nepali Congress, in the year 1970.
In 1980, Paudel was appointed as the Vice President of the Nepali Congress (Banned) Tanhun District Committee. He was promoted in the year 1987 and given a place in the Central Working Committee of the party. In the same year, he was made a member of the party’s campaign committee. In 2005, Paudel became the General Secretary of the party, in 2007 he was made the Vice President of the party. He also assumed the role of acting President in the year 2015.
He played an active role in the Satyagraha in the year 1985. Paudel also played an important role in the first mass movement in the year 1990 and in the second part of the mass movement in the year 2006. He spent 12 years in prison fighting against the authoritarian Panchayat regime. Poudel was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1991 from Tanhun District and has since been elected to Parliament for six consecutive terms from the same district.