Sushil Koirala becomes new PM of Nepal

- Ekantipur Report, KATHMANDU
Sushil Koirala becomes new PM of Nepal

Feb 10, 2014-

Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has been elected to the post of prime minister on Monday.

With Koirala’s victory, the country has got a new elected executive head 21 months after the dissolution of the first CA, nearly three months after the second one was elected.

During his address to the House, Koirala assured to promulgate federal democratic constitution within a year.  He also assured to use all the resources for the economic development of the country. 

Koirala's victory was possbile following a deal between the NC and the CPN-UML on Sunday.

The agreement reached after the marathon talks held at the sidelines of Constituent Assembly building in New Baneshwor said that the parties will go for a fresh election of the President, Vice President and prime minister “immediately after the promulgation of the new constitution.” 

Koirala has now become the sixth PM after the first CA election in 2008.  

Koiaral is the fourth member of his extended family to become prime minister in Nepal's history.

A devoted member of the Nepali Congress party of which he is currently president, Koirala once spent three years in an Indian prison for his involvement in the hijacking of a plane.

Koirala entered politics in 1954 inspired by the social-democratic ideals of the NC. He was in political exile in India for 16 years following the royal takeover of 1960. While in exile, Koirala was the editor of Tarun, the official party publication. He has been a member of the Central Working Committee of the party since 1979 and was appointed General Secretary of the party in 1996 and Vice President in 1998.

In 2001, he lost the contest for the NC Parliamentary Party leader to Sher Bahadur Deuba. 

Koirala was appointed acting President of the party in 2008 by President Girija Prasad Koirala. On September 22, 2010, the 12th general convention of the NC elected him as party President.

The NC emerged as the largest party in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections under Koirala's leadership. He was elected leader of the NC Parliamentary party securing 105 out of 194 votes against former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's 89 votes.

Published: 10-02-2014 12:19

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