Prachanda takes oath as Nepal PM for second time

Kathmandu: India’s neighboring country Nepal today get its new Prime Minister as CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal popularly known as ‘Prachanda’ administered the oath of PM office by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

Prachanda after taking oath administered oath of office to five ministers, including three from the Maoist outfit and two from the Nepali Congress.

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This is the second term of Prachanda, who was elected as the 39th Prime Minister by Nepal’s Parliament on Wednesday.

He took the oath of office at a special function held at the President’s residence in Kathmandu.

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He was elected to the top political post in 2008 but resigned in April 2009 following a row over the sacking of the then army chief General Rookmungad Katawal.

Nepali Congress leaders Bimalendra Nidhi will be Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister while Ramesh Lekhak will handle the Physical Infrastructure and Transportation portfolio.

The Cabinet formation will take another week to complete as the Nepali Congress is set to get 13 ministries while the Maoists will have eight ministries.

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