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Sher Bahadur Deuba resigns, KP Oli to take over as Nepal PM

Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli now requires support from the Maoists to secure a majority. The Left Alliance of the CPN-UML, led by Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre had in December secured 174 seats in the 275-member Parliament in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 15, 2018 12:15 pm
Sher Bahadur Deuba resigns, KP Oli to take over as Nepal PM Nepal: KP Sharma Oli (L) and Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Two months after the successful conclusion of historic parliamentary polls, Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday resigned, setting the stage for a Left-front alliance to form the next government in the Himalayan nation. The CPN-UML picked party chairman Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli as the next premier, who now requires support from the Maoists to secure a majority. “A Standing Committee (SC) of the party held in Lalitpur city named Oli as the prime ministerial candidate as he is also the UML’s Parliamentary Party leader,” PTI quoted senior party leader Surendra Pandey as saying.

Giving nod to a formal merger between the CPN-UML and the CPN Maoist Centre, the committee decided to officially claim formation of the next government with the support from CPN Maoist Centre led by former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. Months ago, the two communist parties had made a decision to jointly contest the parliamentary and provincial elections.

Pandey said that Oli and Prachanda will co-chair the new Communist Party and split the premiership on a rotational basis. He also said, “Modalities for the rotation of the premiership, merger of the parties, and the organisation and political doctrine of the new party will be decided by forming a task force by both parties. The process of government formation and merger of the parties will go hand in hand.”

The Left Alliance of the CPN-UML, led by Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre had in December secured 174 seats in the 275-member Parliament in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls that many hope will bring much-needed political stability to the Himalayan nation. It had also secured an overwhelming majority in the upper house of Parliament with 39 seats, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the country’s next government.

Oli, 65, served as the country’s prime minister from October 11, 2015 to August 3, 2016. He is known for his pro-China stance.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Bihari Krishna Shrestha
    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm
    With very little in common between the two parties, it was UML's diffidence that they went into an alliance with the Maoists to face the last election. But with Mr. Oli's record of having faced up to India in 2015 ade, UML could have secured better result by going it alone. Now, given its generous of 60-40 seat division, UML is now pitiably dependent on the Maoists who once again retains the capacity to repeat the 2015 spectacle under which the Maoists had abruptly brought down the Oli government under India's mischievous instigation. So, to remain in power, UML wll now be required to pay a very high price all over again to the Maoists who need nothing less than total protection from prosecution under TRC processes. For Mr. Oli, with all the trust people had reposed on him in the last election, obliging Prachanda and Co, on that score, would amount to a great betrayal. Given such constraint, PM Oli has to be super-creative to usher in an era of accountable politics.
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      Swabhiman Sapkota
      Feb 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm
      Congratulation !!! K P Oli did not become prime minister to seat on the hot chair with comfort . He has lots of challenges to face in short period such as Kerung-Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lumini Railway , Amend or Scarpe Peace and Friendship Treaty 1950 , start of Pro Nepal Leadeship , Landlinked Startegy etc etc .
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