Prachanda Elected as Nepal PM

Written by Tarushi Aswani –

Nepal’s Parliament elected former Maoist rebel chief Prachanda as the PM. He won 363 votes out of the 573 cast in the 595-member parliament and became the 24th prime minister of Nepal.

 Prachanda ,who led a decade-long insurgency that wiped out a Hindu monarchy, as prime minister on Wednesday after predecessor K.P. Oli resigned rather than face defeat in a vote of no confidence.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, 61, who still uses a nom de guerre that means “Fierce”, won 363 votes out of the 573 cast in the 595-member parliament, Speaker Onsari Gharti said.

He becomes the 24th prime minister in 26 years since the Himalayan nation adopted multi-party democracy in 1990 and the eighth since the 239-year-old monarchy was abolished eight years ago. Prachanda had also led a guerrilla war against the government and later served as Prime Minister of Nepal from 2008 to 2009.

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