Maoist chief Prachanda in the new Prime Minister of Nepal after the law makers of the country elected him to bring much-needed political stability in the country bogged down by deep divisions over the new Constitution.
This is the second time Prachanda has become Prime Minister after his brief stint with premiership came to an end in 2009.
The 61-year-old was elected Prime Minister with 363 votes in favour and 210 against him. Out of a total 595 members, 22 did not vote.
Though Pushpa Kamal Dahal — better known as Prachanda was the only contender for the top post, he had to go through the voting as the Constitution requires the Prime Minister to prove support of the majority lawmakers in the House.
Ahead of the election, Prachanda addressed the House and said that he would try to lead the nation toward economic development while moving ahead with the spirit of national consensus during his premiership.
Prachanda won today’s vote after Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre signed a three-point agreement with the Madhesi Front to secure support from the Madhesi parties for their bid to form a new government led by him.
Madhesi parties will not join Nepal’s new government under Prime Minister Prachanda and will extend support from outside
“The three forces — CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and the United Democratic Madhesi Front — agreed that the new government would table a Constitutional amendment bill in the Parliament on the basis of political consensus to address the demands of the Madhesi parties over the country’s new Constitution,” said Manish Suman, general secretary of Sadbhawana Party.
The Prime Minister’s post had been left vacant since last month after CPN-UML chairman K P Sharma Oli tendered his resignation following the Maoist’s withdrawal of support to the coalition government.
Indian PM Narendra Modi spoke to Nepal’s PM-elect Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and assured him of full support of India.