New President hopes Constitution will protect Nepal's sovereignty, independence

KATHMANDU: Newly elected President Bidya Devi Bhandari said the new Constitution would work for Nepal's sovereignty and independence during her tenure.

Speaking with journalists after her election to the post of Head of State, Bhandari said the charter promulgated from the Constituent Assembly last month would protect sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the nation.

In her first public statement as the President, Bhandari said her election was a step ahead in the process of implementing the Constitution as per its spirit.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli also said that Bhandari's election added a step in the journey of new Constitution implementation.

An election of a woman to the post of Head of State has reflected political development of Nepali society toward inclusive representation of all, according to Oli.

He also assured that his government would work together with the main opposition party Nepali Congress in the coming days, though the latter was defeated in both prime ministerial and presidential elections.

Speaking on the occasion, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said promulgation of the Constitution has begun in a historical way with election of two women in two top positions, including President Bhandari and Speaker Onsari Gharti.

"It shows that the new Constitution has ensured representation of all marginalised communities and groups," he said.