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Nepal: Pushpa Dahal ‘Prachanda’ Appointed Prime Minister for Third Time

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Published on: 25 December 2022 at 22:49 IST

Nepal appointed Prachanda as Prime Minister again as per the Article 76 Clause 2 of the Constitution, according to a statement issued by the President’s Office.

This is Third time Prachanda is being appointed as the Prime Minister of Nepal.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday appointed CPN-Maoist Centre chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.

The President had called any member of the House of Representatives, who can garner a majority with support from two or more parties as stipulated in the Article 76 clause 2 of the Constitution to submit a claim for the Prime Minister’s post.

Prachanda, 68, had submitted the claim before the deadline given by the President expired at 5 pm on Sunday.

As per Reports, The swearing in ceremony of the newly-appointed Prime Minister will take place at 4 pm on Monday, according to the President’s Office.

Prachanda along with CPN-UML chairman K P Sharma Oli, Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) president Ravi Lamichhane, Rastriya Prajatantra Party chief Rajendra Lingden among other top leaders earlier went to the President’s Office with a proposal to appoint him as the new Prime Minister, sources said.

Prachanda has support of 165 lawmakers in the 275-member House of Representatives which includes CPN-UML with 78, CPN-MC with 32, RSP with 20, RPP with 14, JSP with 12, Janamat with 6 and Nagarik Unmukti Party with 3.

Prachanda was Born in Dhikurpokhari of Kaski district near Pokhara on December 11, 1954. He joined mainstream politics when the CPN-Maoist adopted peaceful politics, ending decade long armed insurgency.

He led the decade-long armed struggle from 1996 to 2006 that ultimately ended with signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in November 2006.