March 28, 2023

Nepal: Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ takes oath as Prime Minister for the third time, will have to prove majority in 30 days

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Pushpa Dahal Prachanda became the Prime Minister of Nepal for the third time.
President Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy.
Will prove majority within 30 days.

Kathmandu: Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’‘ took oath as the Prime Minister of Nepal for the third time on Monday. A day before, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had appointed him as the Prime Minister. Prachanda was dramatically pulled out of the pre-poll alliance led by the Nepali Congress on Sunday and Leader of the Opposition K.P. Sharma joined hands with Oli. An agreement has been reached between Prachanda and Oli to lead the government alternately and Oli has expressed his consent to make Prachanda the first Prime Minister. Former guerrilla leader Prachanda (68) had submitted a letter to the President claiming the support of 169 members in the 275-member House of Representatives, after which he was appointed the country’s new prime minister. President Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Prachanda in an official ceremony held at Sheetal Niwas.

President Bhandari also administered the oath to other cabinet members of the new coalition government. The new cabinet has three deputy prime ministers, including K.P. Sharma Oli’s party includes Vishnu Paudel from CPN-UML, Narayan Kaji Shrestha from CPN-Maoist Center and Ravi Lamichhane from Rashtriya Swatantra Party (RSP). Paudel has been given the responsibility of the Finance Ministry while Shrestha has been given the Infrastructure and Transport Ministry and Lamichhane the Home Ministry. Jwala Kumari, Damodar Bhandari and Rajendra Kumar Rai have been made ministers from Oli’s party. At the same time, Abdul Khan of Janmat Party was also made a minister. Despite being appointed the Prime Minister with a huge majority, Prachanda now has to get a vote of confidence from the lower house within 30 days.

Tags: KP Sharma Oli, Nepal, Nepal Politics

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