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The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (Nepali: नेपालको राष्ट्रपति, Nēpālakō rāṣṭrapati) is the head of state of Nepal and commander in chief of the Nepalese Armed Forcesand the supreme leader of the country. The office was created in May 2008 after the country was declared as a republic. The first President of Nepal was Ram Baran Yadav. The current president is Bidhya Devi Bhandari, elected in October 2015. She is the first female Nepali head of state. The President is to be formally addressed as "The Right Honourable" (Nepali: सम्माननीय, Sam'mānanīya).

President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपालको राष्ट्रपति
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Bidhya Devi Bhandari.jpg
Bidhya Devi Bhandari

since 29 October 2015
StyleThe Right Honourable
ResidenceRastrapati Bhawan
AppointerIndirect election
Term lengthFive years
renewable once, consecutively
Inaugural holderRam Baran Yadav
Formation28 May 2008; 11 years ago (2008-05-28)
DeputyVice President of Nepal
SalaryNPR 109,410 (monthly)[1]


Under the Interim Constitution adopted in January 2007, all powers of governance were removed from the King of Nepal, and the Nepalese Constituent Assembly elected in the 2008 Constituent Assembly election was to decide in its first meeting whether to continue the monarchy or to declare a republic. During the suspension of the monarchy, Girija Prasad Koirala, then Prime Minister of Nepal, acted as Head of State. On 28 May 2008, the Assembly voted to abolish the monarchy. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav won the historic election from the Constituent Assembly, and was sworn in as the nation's first president ending a 247 year old monarchy.

Election and powersEdit

The President is elected by an electoral college comprising the Parliament of Nepal and the members of the provincial legislatures. A law shall determine the weight of each of their votes.

Whoever receives a majority of the delegates' votes is elected. If no one receives a majority in the first round, runoffs are held between the top two candidates until one receives a majority.


The presidential term is five years. A President may be elected any number of times, but not more than twice in succession.


The President's powers are almost entirely ceremonial. In some parliamentary republics, the president is vested with executive powers on paper, but is bound by convention to act on the advice of the prime minister and the government. In Nepal, however, the President is not even the nominal chief executive, as the Constitution explicitly vests executive power in the Council of Ministers and the Prime Minister.

List of presidents of NepalEdit

Portrait Party Elected Took office Left office Vice President Votes
1 Ram Baran Yadav
  Nepali Congress 2008 23 July 2008 29 October 2015 Parmanand Jha
308 / 601

(2nd round)
2 Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist)/
Nepal Communist Party
2015 29 October 2015 14 March 2018 Nanda Kishor Pun
327 / 601
2018 14 March 2018 Incumbent
(Term expires on 14 March 2023)
39,275 / 52,569

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Salary of President". Naya Patrika. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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