Skip to comments.Former Maoist rebel Prachanda elected as Nepal Prime Minister
Posted on 08/03/2016 3:53:30 AM PDT by Cronos
Nepal's parliament elected former Maoist rebel chief Prachanda, who led a decade-long insurgency that toppled a Hindu monarchy, as prime minister on Wednesday after predecessor KP Oli resigned rather than face defeat in a vote of no confidence.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal, 61, who still uses a nom de guerre that means "Fierce", won 363 votes out of the 573 cast in the 595-member parliament, Speaker Onsari Gharti said.
He becomes the 24th prime minister in 26 years since the Himalayan nation adopted multi-party democracy in 1990 and the eighth since the 239-year-old monarchy was abolished eight years ago.
...Political change in Nepal, which has great potential to generate hydroelectric power, is closely watched by China and India as they vie for influence over the country that is home to Mount Everest and the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
In 2008, Prachanda visited China before India, breaking a tradition of new Nepali leaders making New Delhi their first foreign port of call.
During a visit in March, Oli cosied up to China with a deal to use its ports for trading goods with third countries, ruffling feathers in India which controls landlocked Nepal's main overland export route.
India is blamed in Nepal for imposing a blockade on fuel and essential goods last year following protests by the Madhesi minority against Nepal's first post-monarchy constitution, an accusation India denies.
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Electing a Maoist to lead a nation...what could *possibly* go wrong?
Nepali people are gracious, and resigned to the fact that they are a third world nation ranked near the bottom of the Human development index of non-African countries.
Most of their citizens live on less than one dollar a day.
Maoists hold brutal power over many regions and have killed Thousands.
These simple people have let hard fought democracy slip through their hands, by not loving freedom enough.
People have to love freedom more than their fear of war and dying.
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