Nepal’s PM Dahal wins 2nd vote of confidence in 3 months

Kathmandu, Mar 20 (EFE).- Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda, passed the floor test on Monday, winning his second confidence vote in Parliament since being sworn-in on Dec.25.

As per the Nepalese constitution, the prime minister has to face a vote of confidence within 30 days if any party supporting the government pulls out.

Speaker Dev Raj Ghimire announced that Dahal secured 172 votes in the 275-member parliament, while 89 voted against him and one lawmaker abstained. A total of 262 lawmakers were present.

Dahal became the prime minister after breaking his alliance with the Nepali Congress in favor of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), or CPN-UML after the Nov.20 general elections.

He had received 268 votes in the previous floor test on Jan.10.

Dahal, 68, who led the decade-long Maoist insurgency (1996-2006), sought a vote of confidence after theRastriya Prajatantra Party and CPN-UML withdrew support for his government.

These two parties were against Dahal’s proposal to back Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel for the post of President.

“I have won the vote of confidence today, now I will begin the process of making the full government within a few days,” Dahal told journalists after his vote of confidence.

Dahal, currently, has been taking care of 16 ministries. EFE


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