[Marxism] UCPN-M's Bhattarai elected PM of Nepal

Joonas Laine jjonas at nic.fi
Sun Aug 28 09:36:35 MDT 2011

It will be interesting to hear what the the Kasama comrades who are on
the ground in Nepal have to report on this.


Nepali Times: Baburam’s challenge

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

There is little surprise that UCPN-M deputy Baburam Bhattarai has been
elected as Nepal’s 35th prime minister with a comfortable margin of 105
votes. Bhattarai secured 340 votes while his only competitor NC’s Ram
Chandra Paudel could only manage 235.

Bhattarai had earlier played an instrumental role in bringing his party
out of post ‘People’s War’ psyche and drop the official line of people’s
revolt in favor of Peace and Constitution. Despite immense challenges
within the party, Bhattarai managed to win confidence of a large number
of his party members, including the hardliners.

Although he failed to garner support from NC and UML as a consensual
candidate, Bhattarai became the obvious winner with strong support from
Madhesi front and the fringe parties. His impressive record as a leader
during his nine month tenure as a Finance Minister in Puspa Kamal
Dahal’s cabinet played in his favour during the election.

After Speaker Subhash Chandra Nembang issued a ruling for mandatory
voting, the parties were forced to either field a candidate of their own
or choose between those contesting. This ruling helped Bhattarai collect
a majority of the votes in his favour.

Most of the leaders on Sunday stated that although they (parties) did
not agree entirely with Maoists’ programs, they believed that the
party’s leadership was essential to take peace process and constitution
drafting to its logical end. They were quite open about acknowledging
Bhattarai’s credibility as an honest and visionary leader.



Bhattarai elected as new PM 	

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai
outpolled Nepali Congress (NC) Vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel by the
margin of 105 votes to become the country’s new prime minister Sunday

During the prime ministerial election held at the Legislature-Parliament
today, Bhattarai polled in 340 votes, while his rival Paudel could
muster only 235 votes. A total of 575 lawmakers were present during the
voting in the 601-member parliament that currently has a strength of 594.

Lawmakers from UCPN (Maoist) and United Democratic Madhesi Front, the
alliance of five Madhes-based parties, among other parties voted for
Bhattarai, whereas those from the NC, CPN-UML and some other fringe
parties cast their vote in Paudel’s favor.

After being elected as the new executive head, Bhattarai who became the
35th PM of the country, said his government will exert major thrusts on
completing the pending tasks of peace and constitution writing processes
and providing relief to the people by introducing pro-people programs.

jjonas @ nic.fi

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