Nepal’s new PM Prachanda takes oath at the helm of fragile coalition

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s newly appointed prime minister was sworn in on Monday, leading a fragile coalition that includes his old rival and other smaller political parties.
Maoist Communist Party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal was sworn in by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at the Presidential Palace in Kathmandu in a ceremony attended by top officials, diplomats and politicians. ruler.
Dahal has appointed three delegates and four other ministers to a Cabinet that is expected to be expanded in the next few days to include more members from seven parties in the new coalition government.
Dahal has the support of more than half of the members of the newly elected 275-member House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, where he will have to prove his majority.
This is Dahal’s third time in power since his Maoist group abandoned an armed uprising and entered mainstream politics in 2006.
Besides having to organize political parties of different faiths, Dahal also struggled to revive the economy of the country hit hard by the pandemic and balance relations with neighboring countries. giants — China and India — each vying for influence in Nepal.
Seven parties are supporting Dahal, including the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), led by Khadga Prasad Oli.
Dahal and Oli collaborated in the most recent parliamentary election in 2017, but midway through their five-year term, they began arguing over who should continue as prime minister. It was initially agreed that they would share the deadline but Oli apparently refused, angering Dahal.
Dahal abandoned his partnership and association with Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Nepali Congress party to become part of a new coalition government led by Deuba.
After the November 20 election, Deuba and Dahal fell apart after failing to agree on who should become prime minister.
Dahal, also known as Prachandaor “the ferocious man,” led a violent revolt by Maoist communists from 1996 to 2006. More than 17,000 people were killed and the condition of many others is unknown.
Maoists abandoned their armed insurgency, joined a United Nations-supported peace process in 2006 and entered mainstream politics. Dahal’s party won the most seats in parliament in 2008 and he became prime minister, but resigned a year later because of disagreements with the president.


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