Nepal elects new Communist prime minister

Sher Bahadur Deuba resigns, KP Sharma Oli becomes Nepal PM

Deuba handed power to a new government after completing the due constitutional process.

Earlier today, Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba resigned from his post, paving the way for the CPN-UML Chairman.

The CPN (UML)'s standing committee met in Lalitpur on Wednesday to elect Oli as its prime ministerial candidate, senior party leader Surendra Pandey told PTI.

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari appointed 65-year-old Oli as the country's 41st Prime Minister.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari is appointing CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli the new prime minister of the country after he laid claim to the position with the support of almost two-third lawmakers in the House of Representatives. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, after the conclusion of the meeting will address the nation.

Sher Bahadur Deuba resigns, KP Sharma Oli becomes Nepal PM
Nepal PM Bahadur Deuba resigns, KP Oli to succeed

Giving nod to a formal merger between the CPN-UML and the CPN Maoist Centre, the committee chose to officially claim formation of the next government with the support from CPN Maoist Centre led by former PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda". It was hoped that the new government that gets elected will be stable and be the first to complete a full five-year term.

It had also secured an overwhelming majority in the upper house of Parliament with 39 out of the 59 seats. The Nepali Congress has 63 seats while the CPN-Maoist Centre has 53 seats.

The UML leaders also discussed the party unification with the CPN (Maoist Centre) during the meeting, the report said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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