Bikas RauniarColombo, ( Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist), was elected as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on August 15 by a huge majority.

In the election in the Constituent Assembly (CA), he won 464 votes against his rival, Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress, who got only 113 out of the 577 votes cast.

Though the CA comprises 601 members, 594 are valid voters. The seats of six members, who had won from two constituencies in the CA elections, were reduced to one each. One member is still to be sworn in. The remaining 17 did not take part in the prime ministerial election.

On August 14, the two major parties, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified-Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) had reached an agreement to support Prachanda’s candidacy, which was later backed by the smaller parties.

– Asian Tribune –