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Ram Baran Yadav elected first Prez of Nepal

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Last Updated: July 21, 2008, 15:02 IST

Ram Baran Yadav elected first Prez of Nepal

Voting in the run-off to elect Nepal's first president ended here on Monday.

Kathmandu: Ram Baran Yadav has been elected as the first President of Nepal.

Voting in the run-off to elect Nepal's first president ended here on Monday, a key step to end the three month long political deadlock that has plagued the nation since the abolition of the 240-year-old monarchy.

The polling began at 8 AM on Monday with the lawmakers lined up to vote, after the two main Indian-origin candidates failed to garner clear majority in last week's election.

It was earlier predicted that ethnic Madhesi leader and Nepali Congress candidate Ram Baran Yadav, who fell short of 15 votes to reach the magic figure of 298, would win the election.

The smaller parties like Rashtriya Jan Morcha and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party have voted in favour of Yadav, the sources said.

Yadav, backed by the CPN-UML and the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF), is pitted against Maoist candidate Ram Raja Prasad Singh, who was earlier perceived as the front-runner.

The new President will replace the deposed King Gyanendra as the head of the state. Maoists, the former rebels, won 220 seats in the Constituent Assembly elections held on April 10. Since the abolition of the monarchy, the main political parties in Nepal have been unable to form a new government because of serious differences on issues like who should be the president and prime minister.

first published:July 21, 2008, 15:02 IST
last updated:July 21, 2008, 15:02 IST