Nepal Elects Its First Female President

Nepal's parliament elected their country's first female president on Wednesday.

Bidhya Devi Bhandari, 54, is only the second person to be elected president in Nepal since they abolished their monarch and became a republic in 2008, according to NPR.

She is currently deputy leader of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist and served as defense minister from 2009-2011.

The Associated Press reports that Nepal's newly adopted constitution makes it mandatory that one-third of that nation's lawmakers be women and requires that women are part of all government committees. 

"Nepal has been trying to shift from a traditionally male-dominated society, where women are mostly limited to working at homes or on farms, to one in which women have equal access to opportunities," the Associated Press said

"Bhandari said her election — by a vote of 327-214 against Congress party leader Kul Bahadur Gurung — marked a first step toward assuring the new constitutional guarantees of equality are fulfilled." 

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