Prachanda sole candidate for Nepal PM’s post

  • Anil Giri, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2016 18:50 IST
Nepal's former premier KPSharma Oli shakes hand with Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda (right) as he returns after announcing his resignation at the parliament in Kathmandu on July 24. (Reuters)

Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center, was the sole candidate to file his nomination on Tuesday for the election to the post of prime minister.

Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba proposed Prachanda’s name while Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara seconded it. His bid was also backed by Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal chairman Upendra Yadav.

Earlier, the Communist Party of Nepal-UML, the second largest party in Parliament, had said it would field a candidate for the post but it decided on Tuesday not to file any nominations. It also decided to vote against Prachanda and to sit in the opposition.

Prachanda is now set to with majority votes in the House on Wednesday.

He needs 298 votes in the 595-member Parliament to win. The CPN-Maoist Centre, the third largest party in Parliament with 82 seats, has the backing of the Nepali Congress, the largest party with 207 seats.

The agitating Sanghiya Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha has also thrown its weight behind Prachanda’s candidacy after finalising a three-point agreement with the Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre. But it won’t join the government, the alliance with 39 lawmakers said. 

According to the timetable for electing the new premier published by the Parliament secretariat, Tuesday was the last day for filing nominations and the polls will start at 11 am on Wednesday. 

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