Days after Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda, stepped down as Nepal’s prime minister, country’s Parliament today elected Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba as 40th Prime Minister, an ANI report said. Earlier on May 25, Prachanda had stepped down as part of a seat sharing agreement and to pave way for Deuba to be his successor. He had submitted his resignation to Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
“I am happy to quit as a successful Prime Minister having performed some rare feats like holding election to local bodies after a gap of 20 years, and pursuing a balanced and pragmatic foreign policy with neighbouring countries India and China,” he was quoted by the paper as saying.
As per PTI report, 70-year old Deuba was the only candidate to contest in the prime minister election as the main opposition party UML or any otherpolitical party did not nominate their candidates. He got 388 votes in his support and 170 votes against him. As many as 558 members cast their voting, the agency report added.
In July last year, Prachanda and Deuba had signed an agreement that the Nepali Congress and the Maoist Centre (Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist) would enter into an alliance and lead the government on a rotational basis until Parliamentary polls slated to be held in February 2018.
Deuba is expected to form a small Cabinet on Wednesday, which will be expanded in a couple of days, the PTI report said. He has earlier served as prime minister f Nepal from 1995 to 1997, 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005. He was removed by the then King Gyanendra Shah in 2005 over failure to hold polls and bring Maoist rebels to a negotiating table, the agency report says.