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Kingmaker Koirala used communists to dismantle Prachanda's govt

world Updated: May 23, 2009 21:55 IST

Nepali Congress party chief G P Koirala used the communists to dismantle the Maoist government led by Prachanda to effectively emerge the kingmaker as veteran CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal was elected the new Prime Minister of the country on Saturday.

Koirala had floated Nepal's name as the new Prime Minister to succeed Prachanda after the Maoist supremo quit over dispute with the President over the reinstatement of the army chief.

The Maoists, whose nearly nine-month old government collapsed after CPN-UML withdrew support, had blocked Parliament for weeks before allowing the process for the government formation.

Former premier Koirala had earlier said that the Prachanda-led Maoist government was like a ripe mango, which will fall on its own.

I don’t have to topple the government, it will fall by itself, Koirala had said few months back and his remarks came true today.

Although the Nepali Congress with 113 seats is the second largest party in the 601-member Constituent Assembly, Koirala supported the CPN-UML's claim for the top post.

Koirala could have staked claim for the Prime Minister's post, but he avoided it in order to isolate the Maoists and teach a lesson to Prachanda, whom the former premier had blamed for breaching the politics of consensus and cooperation in the country in the aftermath of the landmark peace process.