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Sunday, August 28, 2011

HIMALAYAN REPUBLIC: Maoist leader Bhattarai elected as Nepal PM!

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Press Trust Of India / / Posted on Aug 28, 2011 at 07:08pm IST.

Kathmandu: Maoist leader Dr. Baburam Bhattarai was on Sunday elected Nepal's new prime minister defeating his Nepali Congress rival RC Poudyal, with the Terai-based Madhesi alliance extending crucial support to the former rebel leader.

57-year-old Bhattarai, who has a PhD from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, polled 340 votes, while Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party leader Poudyal could secure 235 votes.

The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), the alliance of Madhesi parties that has emerged as the fourth largest political force in the Assembly, decided to support Bhattarai.

Most of the smaller fringe parties and the alliance of Madheshi parties supported Bhattarai , who was elected Constituency No. 2 of Gorkha with a landslide victory in 2008.

Bhattarai was the deputy prime Minister and finance minister in the government led by Maoist Chairman Prachanda in 2008.

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