Kathmandu, Aug 16 : India, United States, the European Union (EU) and Japan have congratulated Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias 'Prachanda' on being elected as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. A press statement issued by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu quoted Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as saying, "I look forward to working with you to further develop the bonds of good neighborliness that unite our peoples and nations, and to deepen the friendly relations that so happily exist between the two countries."
The statement said India will continue to stand by the people and Nepal in consolidating peaceful democratic transition and developmental efforts.
A press statement issued by the Embassy of the United States in Nepal said, "We hope that election of the Prime Minister removes the last barrier to speedy formation of a government, constructive action on key issues facing Nepal, and a start on the difficult but necessary task of drafting Nepal's new constitution."
The US also said it will continue its strong support for peace, democracy, human rights and development in Nepal.
Similarly, European Union Heads of Missions in Kathmandu said the election of Prime Minister brings to an end a period of uncertainty and paves the way for government formation.
"We look forward to the new government delivering to the people to meet their expectations for a prosperous future and taking forward the peace process, including through creating the environment for the drafting of a Constitution that secures peace, stability and democracy," statement added.
A press statement issued by Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu said, "It wishes that the peace process will continue through the concerted efforts of all political parties so that the happiness and prosperity of Nepalis will materialize at the earliest.
Japan also expressed commitment to assist Nepal's efforts toward the goal of drafting a new Constitution. It also expressed confidence that friendly and cooperative relations will be consolidated in the days ahead.
Prachanda, 53, trounced his Nepali Congress rival and three-time premier Sher Bahadur Deuba by bagging 464 votes out of the 577 cast in the 601-strong Constituent Assembly, receiving the backing of another major Left party the CPN (UML) and the Terai-based Madhesi Rights People's Forum, Kantipur reported.