Former rebel leader is Nepal’s new prime minister

KATHMANDU, Nepal (HPD) — The leader of the former communist rebels became Nepal’s new prime minister on Sunday with the support of his former rival and other smaller political parties.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal will be the new prime minister after last month’s elections, which mark a reversal in the politics of this Himalayan nation.

The announcement was made by the office of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari after she met with Dahal.

Dahal has the support of more than half of the members of the newly elected House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament.

He will most likely be sworn in on Monday and test his majority in the 275-seat chamber later in the week.

Seven parties pledged to support Dahal, including his ally and later rival Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist United) led by Khadga Prasad Oli.

Dahal and Oli were allies in the 2017 parliamentary election, but sparred midterm over who should continue as prime minister. It was initially agreed that they would share the span but Oli reportedly refused, angering Dahal.

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