Kathmandu, 18 July 2008 (UNMIN)
The Constituent Assembly elected Dr Ram Baran Yadav as the first President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, in a secret ballot.
General Secretary of Nepali Congress Dr Yadav received 308 votes out of the 590 votes cast during the run-off polls, while his nearest rival Ramraja Prasad Singh garnered 282 votes. The re-election was held on Monday after both the candidates failed to garner sufficient votes on Sunday for simple majority in the 601-member parliament.
Sixty-one-year-old Yadav is a medical professional turned politician, from the Madhesi community of the southern plains.
Paramananda Jha of Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum was elected as Vice-President in the election on Sunday, defeating Shanta Shrestha of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
The CA passed the Fifth Amendment to the Interim Constitution last week with a provision of electing president, prime minister and CA chairperson with a simple majority of the parliament.
According to the CA/Parliamentary Secretariat, the 594 CA members were registered to vote, as five seats are yet to be filled through bi-election and two others who were nominated are yet to take oath of office. Four members of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal boycotted the voting.