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The leader of Nepal's Maoist party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, appeared certain to be the next prime minister after the deadline for nominations expired on Tuesday with only his name on the ballot.
Lawmakers in the Himalayan nation are due to elect a new prime minister on Wednesday after K.P. Sharma Oli resigned last week, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in parliament.
"We have only received the nomination of Pushpa Kamal Dahal for the prime minister's post," deputy parliament spokesman Sudarshan Kuinkel told AFP, referring to the Maoist party leader.
The Maoist chief and former premier known for his anti-India stance is expected to become Nepal's 39th Prime Minister with the support of largest party Nepali Congress, the Madhesis and other fringe parties if there is no dramatic development.
Three Madhesi leaders – Upendra Yadav of Social Forum-Nepal, Sarvendra Nath Shukla of Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party and Laxman Lal Karna of Sadbhawana Party – have supported Prachanda's candidacy.
The Madhesi alliance decided to support Prachanda's candidacy after a 3-point agreement with the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (Maoist Centre) but will not join the government, Karna said.
With the support of the alliance, which has 39 lawmakers, Prachanda's election as the new prime minister has become almost certain.
Past Political Career
- He has served as prime minister once before, after the Maoists won elections in 2009, but only lasted nine months in office before resigning.
- The party lost ground in the last elections in 2013 and is now only the third-biggest force in parliament.