Nepal's new army chief Gen Chhatra Man Singh Gurung, who received training at the prestigious Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, assumed office on Wednesday, becoming the first person from this country's indigenous tribes to ascend to the top post.
57-year-old Gurung took over as the chief of the 95,000-strong Nepal Army from his controversial predecessor Gen Rukmangad Katwal, whose three-year tenure has expired now.
Gen Katawal had hit headlines after the previous Maoist government decided to sack him in May, but the move blocked by President Ram Baran Yadav, forcing then Premier Prachanda to quit.
President Yadav administered the oath of office to Gurung at a special function at the presidential palace 'Sheetal Niwas', according to Nepal Army Headquarters sources.
For the first time, the post of the army chief has gone to a member of Nepal's indigenous tribes. So far it was held by the elite classes like Ranas, Thapas, Shahs and Chhetris.
Gurung, who has received training at the Indian Military Academy, also became the first army chief to receive the insignia from the President in the republic Nepal.