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Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ takes oath as Nepal’s new Prime Minister

Kathmandu: Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” was on Monday sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal for the third time. He was sworn in by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari a day after his appointment as Prime Minister following fresh elections in the Himalayan nation.

Dahal, also known by his nom de guerre Prachanda, was appointed PM for the third time after he secured the support of 169 members of the Parliament to form the new government.

CPN-Maoist Centre chairman Prachanda took the oath of office and secrecy from President Bhandari at an official ceremony at Shital Niwas.

He approached the President for his appointment as Prime Minister after a coalition of six parties decided to support him to form the next government. The general elections did not produce a clear winner.

Earlier on Sunday, Prachanda moved an application with the President claiming the Prime Ministership of Nepal shortly after a coalition of six parties decided to support him to form the next government.

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“A coalition of 6 parties have decided to project Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the Prime Minister. An agreement has been reached. Dahal will lead the government for two and a half years and the CPN-UML will be in power in the remaining two-and-a-half years,” Barshaman Pun, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) said.

According to media reports, in the new coalition, the CPN-UML has 78, Maoist Center 32, Rastriya Swatantra Party 20, Rastriya Prajatantra Party 14, Janata Samajbadi Party 12, Janamat Party 6, Nagarik Unmukti Party has four MPs and three independent lawmakers are in support of Prachanda.

Prachanda served as Prime Minister of Nepal from 2008 to 2009 and again from 2016 to 2017.

PM Modi congratulates Prachanda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Prachanda on being appointed as Nepal’s PM.

“Warmest congratulations @cmprachanda on being elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal. The unique relationship between India and Nepal is based on deep cultural connect and warm people-to-people ties. I look forward to working together with you to further strengthen this friendship,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also congratulated the newly-elected Nepali PM.

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“Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Shri Pushp Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ ji on being elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal, Adityanath said in a tweet in Hindi.

He also expressed hope that India’s relations with Nepal would be further strengthened under his leadership.

(With inputs from agencies)

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