Sushil Koirala is Nepal Prime Minister

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President and parliamentary party leader Sushil Koirala, 74, was elected Nepal’s new prime minister. According to President’s Press Adviser Rajendra Dahal, Koirala will be sworn in today (Tuesday) at 2:30pm.

Nepal PM Sushil Koirala

Nepal PM Sushil Koirala

Out of 553 members present in the Parliament, 405 voted for Koirala. This is more than two-thirds of the existing strength of 575 members in the CA (remaining 26 members are yet to be nominated by the council of ministers).

Only 148 votes were cast against Koirala, said acting Speaker Surya Bahadur Thapa.

Lawmakers from 17 parties, including NC, CPN-UML, CPN-ML, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Janamorcha, Dalit Janajati Party and Nepali Janata Dal and two independent lawmakers voted in favour of Koirala.

The UCPN-M, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal, MJF-Democratic, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party and Sadbhawana Party, who are the constituents of Federal Democratic Republican Alliance formed before the election, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and some fringe parties voted against Koirala.

Before the voting, Koirala solicited lawmakers’ support, saying he was committed to delivering new constitution within a year by taking ownership of the agreed upon agendas of the last CA.

Koirala said he would pursue the path of “reconciliation and unity” to protect people’s rights and complete the remaining tasks of the peace process.

“Although we are in the process of forming a majority government, we will try our best to form a government with the support of as many parties as possible,” the septuagenarian leader said.

He said he would seek to achieve high economic growth and economic progress by tapping Nepal’s natural resources and attracting domestic and foreign investment in economic sectors.

“I hope to receive increased assistance from our neighbours – India and China – and the international community,” Koirala added.

NC Vice President Ramchandra Paudel proposed Koirala as PM, saying Koirala is a man of integrity and a “saintly figure” who has always fought for democratic causes throughout his life.

UML parliamentary party leader KP Sharma Oli seconded Koirala.

He said his party supported the NC to form the government to conclude the peace process and bring political process back on track, to ensure delivery of a new constitution within a year and to deliver socio-economic justice to the downtrodden people.

Oli said his party would play the “watchdog’s role” and cautioned NC not to keep party interests above the national interests.

RPP-N Chair Kamal Thapa, who voted against Koirala, said during “special time” that his party was opposed to the seven-point deal reached between the NC and the UML on Sunday.

“This deal cannot infringe upon the sovereign rights of the new CA by taking ownership of the agendas reached in the previous CA,” Thapa said, adding that the prime ministerial election was taking place even without having the 601-member Parliament taking a complete shape.

He also termed the NC-UML pact as an “unholy alliance”. Thapa said the seven-point agreement was “illegal”, as it intends to limit the tenure of the CA Chair, Deputy Chair and the PM.

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