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Prachanda files candidature for Nepal’s PM

In the 595-member Parliament, he will need 298 votes to win the election

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 2 2016 3:01PM | Updated Date: Aug 2 2016 3:01PM

Prachanda files candidature for Nepal’s PM

 Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda has filed his candidature for the Prime Minister's post as the Himalayan nation is all set to vote for its new premier on Wednesday.

Prachanda filed his candidature papers by Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav, a senior Madhesi leader. 
However, Prachanda is the sole candidate for the post. 
Earlier, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) had decided to field a candidate but later the party decided against it. 
Similar way, Sanghiya Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha has also supported Prachanda's candidature. Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party leader Sarbendra Nath Sukla and Sadbhawana Party leader Laxman Lal Karna have supported Prachanda's bid for the Prime Minister's post.
This will be his second time return  as Prime Minister. He became PM in 2008 and resigned after he failed in his attempt to sack the then Chief of the Army Staff Rukmangud Kutwal.
In the 595-member Parliament, Prachanda will need 298 votes to win the election. The Maoist Centre, the third largest party with 82 seats in parliament, has support of the Nepali Congress, the largest party with 207 seats.