Kathmandu, October 29
After resigning from the party’s positions, newly elected President Bidhya Devi Bhandari today took oath of office and secrecy.
Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha administered oath of office and secrecy to President Bhandari amid a grand function at Shital Niwas in the presence of a large number of dignitaries and envoys.
As soon as Bhandari took the oath of office and secrecy, outgoing President Ram Baran Yadav handed over his seat to her and left the stage after congratulating his successor.
Several dignitaries, including Vice-president Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and Speaker Onsari Gharti were present at the swearing in ceremony, besides Chief Justice Shrestha.
Meanwhile, outgoing President Yadav, while leaving Shital Niwas today thanked all those who helped to conclude the peace process and the constitution drafting process in the country.
The first president of Republic Nepal also said it was a great achievement of the country to have a constitution drafted by the people’s representatives. President Bhandari assumed office today and shifted to Shital Niwas along with her mother and daughters.
Earlier, issuing a press statement today, Bhandari said she had resigned from all her responsibilities, including that of UML vice-chairperson, chair of the party’s women association and even as general member of the party, besides as member of the Parliament, to be effective from yesterday.
Outgoing President Yadav today shifted to a new accommodation managed by the government along with VVIP security in Bagdol of Lalitpur.
A version of this article appears in print on October 30, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.