Kathmandu, December 26 Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal for the third time on Monday. A day before, President Bidya Devi Bhandari had appointed him as the Prime Minister.
Prachanda (68), a former guerrilla leader, submitted a letter to the President showing the support of 169 members in the 275-member House of Representatives, after which he was appointed the country’s new prime minister.
President Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Prachanda in an official ceremony held at Sheetal Niwas.
Born on December 11, 1954 at Dhikurpokhari in Kaski district near Pokhara, Prachanda remained underground for about 13 years. He joined mainstream politics when the CPN-Maoist abandoned the path of a decades-long armed insurgency and adopted the path of peaceful politics.
He led a decade-long armed conflict from 1996 to 2006, which finally ended with the signing of a comprehensive peace accord in November 2006.
Nepali Congress is the largest party in the House of Representatives with 89 seats, while CPN-UML and CPN-MC have 78 and 32 seats respectively.