Nepal Finally Elects New Prime Minister

Election of centrist ends two-months of political deadlock

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Newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala

More than two months after general elections, Nepal finally has a new prime minister.

Sushil Koirala is head of the centrist Nepali Congress party, which secured the most seats in the country’s Constituent Assembly after the November poll. With the support of the communist UML party, he managed to secure 405 votes while 148 lawmakers opposed his candidacy.

The incoming prime minister has promised to present a new constitution within his first year in office. Since Nepal moved from a constitutional monarchy to a federal republic in 2008, the country has been caught in a political stalemate, and Koirala is the sixth head of government since the transition.

Koirala is also a political dynast as the fourth member of his family to become prime minister of the land-locked Himalayan nation.

[New York Times, The Diplomat]