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Ram Baran Yadav sworn in

A new era begins: Ram Baran Yadav (right) is sworn in by Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri (left) as Vice-President Parmananda Jha (centre) looks on, in Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu, on Wednesday.

A new era begins: Ram Baran Yadav (right) is sworn in by Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri (left) as Vice-President Parmananda Jha (centre) looks on, in Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu, on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: AFP

Prerana Marasini

Vows to work for “communal harmony” in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Ram Baran Yadav was sworn in President by Chief Justice Kedar Prasad Giri at Sheetal Niwas — the President’s office — on Wednesday in Kathmandu.

Dr. Yadav drove up in a bullet-proof Jaguar, formerly the official car of King Birendra Shah and ousted King Gyanendra. The royal palace’s officers and security personnel would now work for the President.

A political leader told The Hindu: “It’s good to see a commoner getting a ‘royal treat’.” Dressed in Nepal’s national dress, Daura Suruwal, Dr. Yadav took the oath in the Nepali language. However, Paramananda Jha, who won the vice-presidential election, took the oath in Hindi. Both of them hail from the southern plains and are ‘Madhesis’. Talking to reporters, Dr. Yadav said he would work for “communal harmony.”

On Tuesday, Dr. Yadav visited Swoyambhunath temple (a Buddhist temple) and Kumari temple.

On Monday, after he was declared winner of the presidential polls, Dr. Yadav visited the Pashupatinath temple.

Though Girija Prasad Koirala had resigned from the Prime Minister’s post on June 26, he has now tendered his resignation to the President. It is expected that Dr. Yadav would request the largest party — the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) — to form new government.

CA chairman elected

Subhas Nemwang of the CPN (UML) has been declared chairman of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

The CA, on July 22, announced an election would take place on July 24 to elect the chairperson. But after receiving only one nomination, that of Mr. Nemwang, he was declared the winner. Mr. Nemwang is a former Law Minister and Speaker.

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