Backed by Oli, Prachanda becomes Nepal’s new PM

KATHMANDU: President of the CPN-Maoist Center Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” appointed on Sunday NepalNepal’s new prime minister, after the former guerrilla leader abruptly broke away from the five-party ruling coalition led by the Nepalese Parliament, ends political unrest following last month’s unspecified general election. be the clear winner. Unexpected development may not be good for India-Nepal relations when Prachanda and his main supporter is CPN-UML president KP Sharma Oli previously had some friction with New Delhi over territorial issues. Prachanda, who replaces Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepal Congress party, will step down in 2025, making way for UML to take over the office, local media reported.
The former Maoist guerrilla, who led a decades-long insurgency against Nepal’s monarchy, has been appointed Prime Minister for the third time. He will lead the new government for the first half of a five-year term with the support of the opposition Communist Party United Marxist-Leninist (UML) and several other small groups, party officials said. Tika Dhakal, an aide to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, said: “He has been appointed and has the support of a majority of parliament. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, according to the President’s Office. Earlier, an important meeting was held at the residence of former prime minister Oli, where the CPN-Maoist Center and other small parties agreed to form a government under the leadership of ‘Prachanda’. Prachanda and Oli had an understanding of leading the government on a rotating basis and Oli agreed to appoint Prachanda as Prime Minister at the first opportunity at his request.
Prachanda is considered pro-Chinese. In the past, he has said that it is necessary to develop a new understanding with India on the basis of the “changed scenario” in Nepal and after resolving all outstanding issues, such as amending the Treaty Friendship in 1950 and settlement of the Kalapani and Susta border dispute. The India-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 was the foundation for the special relationship between the two countries. However, in recent years, Prachanda said India and Nepal need to resolve some of the “historical” issues diplomatically to realize the full potential of bilateral cooperation. Mr. Oli’s main backer is also known for his pro-China stance. As prime minister, Oli last year announced that efforts were being made to oust him after his government redrawn the political map of Nepal by merging three strategically important territories. by India, a move that strained relations between the two countries. India has called the “artificial expansion” of Nepal’s territorial claims “impossible” after the country’s parliament unanimously approved in 2020 a new political map of the country featuring areas areas of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura which India considers to belong to it.
The country shares a border of more than 1850 km with five Indian states – Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The landlocked country of Nepal relies heavily on India for the transportation of goods and services. Nepal’s sea exit is through India, and the country imports most of its needs from and through India. pti


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