Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is the new Prime Minister of Nepal

Putting an end to the month long political uncertainty, CPN-Maoist Centre chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda' has now been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.
Nepal’s former guerrilla leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known by his nom de guerre Prachanda waves next to Communist Party Nepal-Union Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) chairman K.P. Sharma Oli in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on December 25, 2022 before leaving for the President’s office to claim majority for his appointment as the new Prime Minister.
Nepal’s former guerrilla leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known by his nom de guerre Prachanda waves next to Communist Party Nepal-Union Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) chairman K.P. Sharma Oli in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on December 25, 2022 before leaving for the President’s office to claim majority for his appointment as the new Prime Minister.Photo Credit: AFP

Kathmandu, Nepal: Putting an end to the month long political uncertainty, CPN-Maoist Centre chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda' has now been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.

Following the process, the President had called any member of the House of Representatives, who can garner a majority with support from two or more parties as stipulated in the Article 76 clause 2 of the Constitution to submit a claim for the Prime Minister's post.

And Prachanda, 68, had submitted the claim before the deadline.

As per the sources, Prachanda along with CPN-UML chairman K P Sharma Oli, Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) president Ravi Lamichhane, Rastriya Prajatantra Party chief Rajendra Lingden among other top leaders earlier went to the President's Office with a proposal to appoint him as the new Prime Minister. 

Earlier, a crucial meeting was held at former prime minister Oli's residence where CPN-Maoist Centre and other smaller parties agreed to form a government under the leadership of ‘Prachanda'.

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated PM Prachanda on becoming the new Prime Minister of Nepal through a tweet.

Born in Dhikurpokhari of Kaski district near Pokhara on December 11, 1954, Prachanda remained underground for almost 13 years. He joined mainstream politics when the CPN-Maoist adopted peaceful politics, ending decade long armed insurgency.

He led the decade-long armed struggle from 1996 to 2006 that ultimately ended with signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in November 2006.

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