Kathmandu, March 17 : Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav has been elected the vice president of Nepal.
Yadav of the Janata Samajbadi Party Nepal defeated Ashta Laxmi Shakya of the CPN-UML and Mamata Jha of the Janamat Party during the election held on Friday.
In the election, where different vote weights were assigned to members of the electoral college consisting of federal and provincial parliamentarians, Yadav secured 30,328 votes from 184 federal and 329 provincial lawmakers. Besides his own party, Nepali Congress, CPN-Maoist Centre, and CPN-Unified Socialist voted for him.
Shakya received votes from 104 federal and 169 provincial lawmakers. Likewise, Jha secured votes from 23 federal and 15 provincial lawmakers.
Yadav will take over the second top position in the country after incumbent Nanda Bahadur Pun completes his tenure.
Yadav is a sitting House of Representatives member from Bara 2. After the election, he is required to resign.