Maoist leader Prachanda all set to become Nepal's PM

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KATHMANDU: The leader of Nepal's Maoist party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, appeared certain to be the next prime minister after the deadline for nominations expired on Tuesday with only his name on the ballot.

Lawmakers in the Himalayan nation are due to elect a new prime minister on Wednesday after K.P. Sharma Oli resigned last week, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in parliament.

"We have only received the nomination of Pushpa Kamal Dahal for the prime minister's post," deputy parliament spokesman Sudarshan Kuinkel told AFP, referring to the Maoist party leader.

Dahal, better known by his nom de guerre Prachanda or "the fierce one", led a decade-long Maoist insurgency before transforming the rebel movement into a political party after a 2006 peace deal.

He has served as prime minister once before, after the Maoists won elections in 2009, but only lasted nine months in office before resigning.

The party lost ground in the last elections in 2013 and is now only the third-biggest force in parliament.

But neither of the two larger parties have enough seats to govern alone. Dahal secured the backing of the largest party, the Nepali Congress, after pulling out of Oli's coalition three weeks ago.

If elected, Dahal faces the twin challenges of rebuilding the country after a devastating earthquake and resolving simmering unrest over a divisive new constitution adopted last September.

Oli faced fierce criticism over his handling of protests against the charter, which triggered a months-long border blockade by demonstrators from the Madhesi ethnic minority.

More than 50 people died in clashes between police and protesters, who say the constitution has left them marginalised.

The new charter, the first drawn up by elected representatives, was meant to bolster Nepal's transformation to a democratic republic after decades of political instability.

But continuing discussions between the government and protesters over the constitution -- particularly over the rights of marginalised communities -- have failed to yield agreement.

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1) I think Modi should seize this opportunity to build bridges with China. There's obviously going to be tilt towards China in Nepali politics now, and instead of fighting it, India should use Nepal as a bridge to China.

2) Maoists aren't as bad as they seem.
 

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1) I think Modi should seize this opportunity to build bridges with China. There's obviously going to be tilt towards China in Nepali politics now, and instead of fighting it, India should use Nepal as a bridge to China.

2) Maoists aren't as bad as they seem.
The more it gets close to china the more paki terror investments will start pouring in Nepal. Most wanted IM head yasin bhatkal was caught near india nepal border and maoists are shady & untrustworthy.
 

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1) I think Modi should seize this opportunity to build bridges with China. There's obviously going to be tilt towards China in Nepali politics now, and instead of fighting it, India should use Nepal as a bridge to China.

2) Maoists aren't as bad as they seem.
You have absolutely no idea about Nepal-India relations.

Prachanda was under Indian security cover while his red army had been fighting the bloody war against the Royal Nepalese Army. Prachanda's elevation to the chair wasn't possible without India's intervention.

The day Nepal tilts towards China will be the day when 50% of Nepal's territory will voluntarily break up and join the India union. Prachanda his colleagues will suffer for the war crimes they had committed in past.

Why should India use Nepal as bridge to China when we share direct border and diplomatic relation with China? Geo-politically speaking, Nepal is nothing more than a buffer state.

And this all comes from a person having Nepalese links, still having a large part of his family living in Nepal.
 

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