Source: News Bharati English04 Aug 2016 09:17:51
Kathmandu, August 4: Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) was elected by lawmakers as Nepal’s Prime Minister for a second time on Wednesday. He assured economic development and promised work as a link between communities following deadly protests over a divisive new Constitution.
He won with the majority of 363 in favour and 210 against. Out of the total 595 members, 22 did not vote. He was backed by the largest party in the House, Nepali Congress, constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front and the Federal Alliance and some other smaller parties. Speaker Onsari Gharti announced Prachanda’s victory after the voting.
Dahal earlier had spoken on relations with India saying that he would maintain balanced relations with the two neighbours, India and China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted him soon after his election extending an invitation for an official visit soon. “Spoke to Nepal’s PM-elect Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ ji & congratulated him. Assured him of our full support & invited him to India,” he tweeted.
Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda, is the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal. He replaced caretaker Prime Minister KP Oli, who resigned on July 24 after no-confidence vote that was necessitated after Dahal withdrew support to the coalition that Oli led. Dahal has also served as Nepal's Prime Minister from 2008 to 2009.