Nepal's president elected to second term

FILE- In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari waits to receive Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Bhandari, has been elected to a second term in voting by national and provincial lawmakers. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, was elected to a second term in voting Tuesday by national and provincial lawmakers.

The Election Commission said Bhandari received a large majority of the ballots.

Bhandari, who was first elected in 2015, is the Himalayan nation's first female president, a largely ceremonial role.

She has the backing of the Communist alliance government which dominated recent parliamentary and provincial assembly elections.

Bhandari has a long political career. Before becoming president she was a powerful leader of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist.

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