Nepal: Communist Party Chairman, Jhala Nath Khanal, Elected as PM

Jhala Nath Khanal, Nepali PM

The Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) has been elected as Prime Minister following a protracted peace process which saw the disarmament of Maoist rebels and the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy.

The votes in the legislature were as follows:

  • Jhala Nath Khanal 368
  • Ram Chandra Poudel (Nepali Congress) 122
  • Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar (Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic) 67

557 votes out of a possible 598 were cast by politicians in the Himalayan nation.

The UN ended its mandate in Nepal on January 15th 2011. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon welcomed the developments commending the Nepalese Parliament for a “significant achievement” and all Nepali parties and leaders for their efforts to form a new government. He also urged politicians to continue efforts to fully implement outstanding commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Accord and the interim constitution, notably the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants, democratization of the army and adoption of a new constitution.

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Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign country in South Asia. It is mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. It is landlocked, and borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west, while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic country, with Nepali as the official language.

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