Nepal: Former rebel leader elected as prime minister

Former communist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal becomes prime minister for the second time.

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Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli resigns as Nepal's prime minister [File photo: Reuters]

Nepal’s parliament has elected former communist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the country’s new prime minister.

The parliament’s speaker, Onsari Gharti Magar, announced Dahal received a majority of MP votes on Wednesday.

Minister Khadga Prasad Oli stepped down last week ahead of a no-confidence vote in parliament, which he was expected to lose.

The Nepali Congress, the biggest party in parliament, and a number of smaller parties have said they would support Dahal. It is his second time as prime minister of the Himalayan nation.

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Dahal’s first tenure ended in 2009 when he resigned over differences with the president about the sacking of an army chief.

He led a communist rebellion against the government for a decade until 2006, when the rebels signed a UN-monitored peace agreement.

More than 17,000 people were killed during the rebellion.

Dahal will serve as the 24th prime minister in the 26 years since the nation adopted a multi-party democracy, and the eighth since a 239-year-old monarchy was abolished eight years ago. 

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Source: News Agencies