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Prachanda heading for Prime Ministership?

Posted by Mike E on August 14, 2008

The following came from the Democracy and Class Struggle site.

Prachanda for Prime Minister supported by UML and MJF
Maoist chairman Prachanda’ filed his nomination for the Prime
Minister Thursday. The Constituent Assembly (CA) will elect the Prime Minister on Friday.

He registered his nomination at the CA secretariat around 4:30 pm.
General secretary of Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) proposed his name for the post while Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) coordinator Upendra Yadav supported the proposal.

Earlier today, the Maoists, UML and MJF had reached a seven-point
understanding according to which Prachanda would get support of the
latter two parties in his prime ministerial bid. UML and MJF will
join the Maoist-led government.

Nepali Congress has named Sher Bahadur Deuba as its candidate for the
prime minister. Deuba was elected the leader of NC parliamentary
party before being selected for the prime minister race.
Meanwhile, talking to reporters after filing his nomination,
Prachanda said the main priorities of the next government would be to
bring about socio-economic change and establish lasting peace in the

Describing the would-be government as a national unity government,
the Maoist chairman said the new alliance would still try to convince
Nepali Congress to join the government. He also said his party would
keep the defence ministry

8 Responses to “Prachanda heading for Prime Ministership?”

  1. Jose M said

    wow, this is good.

    in nepal, the pm position controls the army correct?

  2. Linda D. said

    Hey Moderators–

    Does anyone think this article warrants being put on, or at least a teaser, on the main K. site? My feeling is a lot of the Nepal/SARev news gets overlooked, but what do I know?

    And good question José, although controlling the army in name, as PM, and really controlling the army politically might be two different things.

  3. Linda D. said

    Sorry…just noticed this on the main site…ooops.

  4. btw … does anybody know, which role all the smaller parties from a communist background like e.g. NWPP, Janamorcha Nepal or Rastriya Janamorcha play in these coalition talks?

  5. Anon said

    Jose, I actually thought I read that the President is the defined commander of the state’s armed wing (previously the Royal Nepal Army(RNA), now called just Nepal Army(NA)).

    Also, from what I’m seeing on BBC, it looks like he’s the confirmed PM now.

  6. Jose M said

    Anon, you confused a bit now, haha. Im pretty sure the PM position is the on the Maoists want (i dont know if it is primarily due to the control of the armed forces, though).

    So he won! Awesome!

  7. Nickglais said

    Link to this site not Political Economy Reserach

  8. arthur said

    Re smaller “communist” parties, most supported the Prachanda led coalition but of the ones mentioned above NWPP and Rastriya Jamorcha Nepal abstained while Jamorcha Nepal supported Prachanda led coalition (along with almost all non-Congress parties and 78% of elected representatives).

    Here’s the report from Himalaya Times 15 August (online):

    Backed by CPN-UML, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum (MJF) and 16 other fringe parties, the former rebel leader mustered 464 votes (78 per cent) out of 577 votes cast. His only rival, three-time prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, secured only 113 votes.

    Fourteen CA members of the Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal, Rastriya Janashakti Party, Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party and CPN-Unified abstained from voting.

    UML general secretary Jhala Nath Khanal had proposed to elect Prachanda to the PM’s post and senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai and MJF coordinator Upendra Yadav had seconded Khanal’s proposal.

    Leaders of the fringe parties — Sarita Giri of the NSP (A), Narayan Kaji Shrestha of the Janamorcha Nepal, Chandra Dev Joshi of the CPN-United, MS Thapa of the Janamukti Party, Buddha Ratna Manandhar of the Nepa: Rastriya Party, Gayatri Saha of Nepal Janata Dal — also supported Khanal’s proposal.

    Prachanda was also backed by Hirdayesh Tripathi of TMDP, Rajendra Mahato of Sadbhavana Party, former PM and RPP leader Lokendra Bahadur Chand, CP Mainali of CPN-ML, Chandra Bahadur Gurung of the RPP-N and leaders of six other parties.


    Only Congress supported the Congress candidate. Even the main Royalist (“Nationalist”) party voted for Prachanda (remarking that both the Congress and UML were completely useless with no definate position and that Royalists/Nationalists and Maoists are the two real ideological poles and Maoists clearly have the majority at present so should be allowed to govern).

    PS Defence Ministry (Maoist) controls the armed forces (theoretically). But that will still take a while.

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