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Nepal: Replacing Army Commander, Hoping to Pacify the People

Posted by n3wday on August 14, 2009

Lt_General_Chhatra_Man_Singh_Gurung_army_nepal_UCPN_Maoist_integration_katawalThis article was published in the Asian Tribune.

Lt. Gen. Gurung appointed acting army chief in Nepal

Aug 10, 2009
Kosh R. Koirala – Reporting from Nepal

Kathmandu, 10 August, ( Nepal government has appointed Lt. Gen. Chhatra Man Singh Gurung as an acting chief of Nepal Army as the incumbent army chief Rookmangud Katawal is taking a customary leave one month before his retirement. A cabinet meeting held on Sunday took a decision to this effect.

Gurung, 57, will officially head state army after Katawal’s three-year tenure expires on September 9. This is the first instance of a person belonging to ethnic community heading the national army with 92,000 plus strong force so far.

Traditionally, the army chief would come from the families close to erstwhile Royal Place. Only the ruling Shah, Rana and Thapa have been appointed as the army chief in its entire history of some 250 years.

Started his army career in 1971 after completing Bachelor level education from Tribhuvan University, Gurung has had an untainted career as an apolitical officer within the army. Gurung has received training from the Indian Military Academy, Deharadun and has also completed military courses from US Army Command and General Staff College and National Defense University of China.
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