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Prachanda is the new guerrilla army chief

Ahead of his India visit on Sept 15, Maoist supremo has been replaced as the supreme commander of the guerrilla People's Liberation Army.

world Updated: Sep 12, 2008 13:00 IST

Ahead of his India visit on September 15, Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has been replaced as the supreme commander of the guerrilla People's Liberation Army.

The top leaders of the party on Friday decided to appoint Nanda Kishor Pun 'Pasang', who led many guerrilla battles against the state during the decade-old armed insurgency, as the new PLA chief.

With Prachanda becoming prime minister, the Maoist party now gets a new chief as well. Mohan Vaidya 'Kiran', who was arrested and jailed in India and belongs to the hardliner group, becomes new chief of the party organisation.