Dahal elected 39th Prime Minister of Nepal

| Updated: Aug 03, 2016 21:53 IST

Kathmandu, Aug. 3 (ANI): Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre (CPN-MC) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal was elected as the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal on Wednesday, with more than 360 lawmakers voting for him. Dahal was the sole claimant to the Prime Minister's post when he filed his candidacy at the Parliament Secretariat yesterday. Presenting his plans, Dahal said that he would try to lead the nation towards economic development while moving ahead in the spirit of national consensus during his premiership, reports the Himalayan Times. Dahal said that his candidacy itself was meant to strengthen the national consensus among all parties to solve all problems, including the concerns of Madhesi parties and the challenges of post-earthquake reconstruction. He also criticised outgoing Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli for the remarks he made in his valedictory speech in Parliament last week. Answering to some questions put forth by Oli during his speech, Dahal said that his government would give continuity to development projects and agreements signed with the neighbouring nations. Taking a jibe at Oli, he said the development projects were not actually initiated by the outgoing government. Dahal also known as Prachanda led a guerrilla war against the government in the past and later served as the Prime Minister from 2008 to 2009. (ANI)