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Prachanda elected Nepal's new prime minister

By Ians

Kathmandu, Aug 3: CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda was on Wednesday elected the 39th prime minister of Nepal, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar said. [KP Oli quits as Nepal prime minister]

Out of a total 573 votes cast, Prachanda received 363 votes in favour with 210 voting against him, Gharti Magar announced in Parliament. [Doval-Jaishankar's patience game paid off in Nepal]

prachanda with sushma swaraj

Prachanda's win comes after the support extended by the Nepali Congress -- the single-largest group in Parliament -- and the Terai-based regional grouping Madhesi Morcha. [Prachanda: From guerrilla chief to Nepal PM]

Prachanda's election as Prime Minister on Wednesday marks his return to the post for the second time after eight years. He was first elected Prime Minister in 2008.


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