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Nepal: New Prime Minister Elected

1 MIN READAug 3, 2016 | 14:27 GMT

Nepal's parliament elected Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, as the country's new prime minister on Aug. 3, Reuters reported. That he is Nepal's 24th prime minister in the past 26 years is illustrative of the shaky ground on which top leaders often stand in the country. Prachanda already served one stint as prime minister, back in 2008. As part of a widely reported power-sharing deal, before the country holds new elections in 2018 Prachanda will hand over the prime minister's role to his former nemesis, Sher Bahadur Deuba. Because of longstanding issues and the lack of political consensus in parliament, many observers see Prachanda's premiership as a marriage of convenience between legislative powerbrokers. Unless Prachanda or Deuba can address demands for more representation by the powerful but marginalized Madhesi ethnic group, they too will likely go the way of recently retired Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli.

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