Nepal has elected Bidhya Devi Bhandari as the country’s first female president.

She is the second person to hold the role, which is commonly regarded as mostly ceremonial, and is the current vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal.

Bhandari has promised to champion women’s and minority rights in the country.

In 2013, the UK ranked 35th in the world for gender equality in the Gender Inequality Index by the UN Development Programme, while Nepal ranked 91st.

One facet of this index is the amount of women that countries have in parliamentary positions, for which the UK ranked slightly worse.

The UK ranked 60th in 2013 on this measure while Nepal ranked 26th.

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