Kathmandu: Maoist Party Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, was on Wednesday elected as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.
The Parliament elected him with 363 in favour and 210 against it. Dahal who will be heading a coalition government comprising Nepali Congress, the largest party in parliament, will be taking oath of office and secrecy at the President’s Office later in the evening.
Speaker Onsari Gharti who declared the results said a total of 573 members out of total 598 (including the speaker) cast their votes.
The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) led by outgoing Prime Minister K P Oli and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal voted against the motion.
Dahal returns to the post for the second time after a gap of over seven years.