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30 October, 2015

Nepal's first female president: The Communist Bhandari

Bidhya Devi Bhandari is 54 years old and has been a champion of women’s rights and led protests that ended the centuries-old Nepalese monarchy.

Bidhya Devi Bhandari made history in Nepal. She has become the first women to rule the country. But that's not all. She is a communist who has been campaigning for a very long time in favor of women's rights.

She has risen to power Wednesday after her Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party garnered 327 votes in parliament against her opponent's 214.

Bhandari is among the politicians who pushed to secure their rights under the new constitution adopted last month that requires that a new president be named.

The communist female leader became a leading political figure after her husband, Madan Bhandari, was killed in a car accident in 1993, which has remained mostly unexplained as circumstances surrounding the incident are dubious. He was the leader of the communist party.

Bhandari has now become only the second president since the Himalayan country became a republic after ending the centuries-old monarchy.

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