Washington lauds Nepal’s “commitment” to democracy

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FILE PHOTO: Former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, who is opposing the current Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, also known as K.P. Oli, take part in a mass gathering against the dissolution of parliament, in Kathmandu, Nepal February 10, 2021. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Washington : Describing Nepal’s democracy as an example to countries around the world, the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, congratulated the people of Nepal on a successful democratic election and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and coalition partners on their formation of a new government.

“Nepal’s commitment to democracy is an example to countries around the world. We look forward to supporting Nepal as it continues to deepen its democratic traditions in accordance with the will of the Nepali people,” the US Department of State said in an official statement. The US also congratulated Pushpa Kamal Dahal and coalition partners on the creation of a new government and the victory of Nepal’s democratic election.

“The United States congratulates the people of Nepal on a successful democratic election and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and coalition partners on their formation of a new government,” the US State Dept said quoting Blinken.
Washington further added that it will continue to stand with the Government of Nepal to promote issues of mutual importance including achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

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“We are proud to have robust and longstanding ties with Nepal and will continue to stand with the Government of Nepal to promote issues of mutual importance including achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth, strengthening Nepal’s climate resilience, and upholding democracy and respect for human rights,” the official statement said.

Dahal was appointed PM for the third time after he secured the support of 169 members of the Parliament to form the new government. He served as Prime Minister of Nepal from 2008 to 2009 and again from 2016 to 2017.

Prachanda approached the President for his appointment as Prime Minister on December 25, after a coalition of six parties decided to support him to form the next government. The general elections did not produce a clear winner.

The unexpected decision came after the CPN-Maoist-ruled Centre abruptly severed ties with Sher Bahadur Deuba’s Nepali Congress party which had been in power along with its allies.
Former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) is among the parties in the new ruling coalition. Prachanda and Oli have struck an agreement to govern the country on a rotational basis, with Oli agreeing to make Prachanda Prime Minister first as per the latter’s demand.

Ironically, in 2021, it was after the Prachanda and Oli split that Sher Bahadur Deuba came to power in Kathmandu, with support from Prachanda.

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