Nepal elects Khadga Prasad Oli as new PM
Nepal’s parliament elected Communist party leader Khadga Prasad Oli the new prime minister on Sunday, thrusting him into the centre of daunting challenges, from ethnic protests over the new constitution that has also upset vital neighbour India to rebuilding from April’s devastating earthquake.
Oli received 338 votes from the 597-member chamber, Parliament speaker Subash Nemwang announced. Oli defeated his predecessor Sushil Koirala, who received 249 votes.
Oli, 63, is generally popular in Nepal and has a reputation for being an outspoken leader who is not afraid to criticize. Some describe him with the phrase, “Oli ko goli,” which means, “When Oli speaks he fires” (a bullet).
The leader of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist Leninist received the support of many smaller parties, including their rival United Communist Party of Nepal Maoist. Details