Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Deuba elected Nepal's prime minister for fourth time

Deuba elected Nepal's prime minister for fourth time

Veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba was on Tuesday elected Nepal's Prime Minister for the fourth time with the support of almost two-thirds of the members of the 593-strong Parliament.

In a voting conducted at the Legislature-Parliament today, the new Prime Minister garnered 388 votes while 170 votes were cast against him. He needed 297 votes in the 593-strong Parliament to prove his majority.

Deuba was the sole candidate in the election for the post of prime minister as the main opposition Communist Party of Nepal-UML and other parties did not put up candidates. However, now with the opposition party agreeing to end obstruction of parliament, the NC president is set to become the Himalayan nation's 40th prime minister.

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The UML had allowed Parliament to function only after Deuba gave his word to hold the second phase of local elections on 28 June, provincial and parliamentary elections before January 2018, and to wait for a probe on the Bharatpur fracas before re-conducting polls there. His Nepali Congress Party holds 207 seats in the parliament.

Mr Deuba served prime minister from 1995 to 1997, from 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005. His party can not make any compromises on these things, he added.

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He, however, lost the election for the post of Parliamentary Party leader of the Nepali Congress to Ram Chandra Paudel in 2009.

Deuba, the 10th Prime Minister in as many years, was elected to the post that had fallen vacant following the resignation of Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal two weeks ago.

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