Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

New Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba Takes Oath Of Office

New Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba Takes Oath Of Office

"I am committed to hold all three levels of elections", Deuba said, referring to local, provincial and parliamentary polls.

Sher Bahadur Deuba was elected as the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal on 6 June 2017.

The government has also laid emphasis on different tasks including making post-reconstruction works effective, making people's oriented service efficient and smooth, strengthening peace and security and supply management and completing the remaining task of the peace process.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Mr Deuba on becoming Nepal's prime minister again.

Deuba has often been criticised for having brought about a crisis in Nepal's democracy every time he became prime minister - either by surrendering to the royal palace, or by cancelling local elections in 2002.

CPN (MC) leader Janardan Sharma has been appointed as Minister for Home Affairs and Prabhu Sah of the same party as minister without portfolio.

Dahal resigned as prime minister last month as part of a deal to transfer power to Deuba once long-awaited local polls had taken place in Nepal.

According to the President's Office, Bijaya Kumar Gachhchadar, Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Gopal Man Shrestha were appointed the deputy prime ministers.

Outgoing Prime Minister Prachanda of the CPN (Maoist Centre) proposed Deuba's candidacy while senior NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel seconded the proposal at the Parliament Secretariat which on Friday published the schedule to elect the new prime minister on majority basis.

Mr Deuba, who has been elected to parliament from far-western Dadeldhura district, has promised to amend the new constitution to fulfil the demands of the Madhesi people.

Deuba served as the prime minister from 1995 to 1997, from 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005, according to the PTI. His second term was cut short by then King Gyanedra, who sacked him, calling him incompetent.

Of the 558 MPs present in the House, 388 voted for Deuba while the rest voted against him.

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