Published On: Sun, Oct 11th, 2015

KP Oli elected Nepal’s new Prime Minister

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K P Sharma Oli was today elected as the next Prime Minister of Nepal defeating incumbent Sushil Koirala in a contest which became necessary after parties failed to forge a consensus amid violent protests over the country’s new Constitution. In voting held in Parliament here, CPN-UML chairman Oli garnered 338 votes, 39 more than the 299 that he needed to tip the scale in his favor, while Nepali Congress president Koirala could only secure 249 votes.

A total of 587 members had cast their votes. Lawmakers were not allowed to stay neutral during the voting. While Oli was backed by UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and some fringe parties; four Madhes parties in the United Democratic Madhesi Front had supported NC leader Koirala who himself became prime minister with the support from CPN-UML in 2014.

While Mr Oli was backed by UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and some fringe parties; four Madhes parties in the United Democratic Madhesi Front had supported Mr Koirala who himself became prime minister with the support from CPN-UML in 2014.

Mr Oli, 63, was elected chief of the CPN-UML last year. He was chief of party’s International Department before being elected to the top position of the party.

Mr Oli served as the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Girija Prasad Koirala-led interim government formed immediately after the 2006 People’s Movement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called up newly-elected Nepal Premier KP Oli to congratulate him and said he looked forward to working closely with him, an official release in Kathmandu said.

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