UN, US, China laud presidential polls

Kathmandu, July 22:

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Dr Ram Baran Yadav on his election as Nepal’s first President and urged all parties to cooperate in forming a new government.

“The secretary-general warmly congratulates Dr Ram Baran Yadav on his election as the first President of the Republic of Nepal,” Ban’s press office said issuing a statement.

“He calls on all parties to cooperate in forming a new government which will carry forward Nepal’s peace process.”

Similarly, the United States and the European Union have also congratulated newly elected President, Dr Ram Baran Yadav, and the Constituent Assembly (CA) members and the people of Nepal on the successful presidential election.

“With a President, and a Vice President, duly elected, the Constituent Assembly can now undertake the next essential steps in the formation of a new government to provide the services and security the people deserve, and to begin the simultaneous work of drafting a new constitution,” the Unites States embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement.

The successful election of the new President is a moment of delight for the people of Nepal, and for the democratic process and prosperous Nepal, the European Union said in a statement.

Also today, China congratulated Dr Yadav and Parmananda Jha for being elected as the first President and Vice President of Nepal.

In a statement issued today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao stated that China was glad at the election of Dr Yadav and Jha as Nepal’s first President and Vice President by the Constituent Assembly.

China, as a good neighbour, good friend and good partner of Nepal, sincerely hoped that the peace process in Nepal would move ahead smoothly and Nepal would realise political stability, economic development and ethnic unity in the days to come, the statement said.