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Oli sworn in as Nepal PM for second time

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

K P Oli was today as Nepal's for the second time, weeks after his Left alliance with former Maoist rebels swept the historic parliamentary polls, kindling hopes for much-needed political stability in the nation.

administered the oath of office and secrecy to 65-year-old Oli at a function held at Presidents Office, Shital Niwas, in Maharajgunj.

He is the 41st of

Known for his pro-stance, Oli had served as the country's from October 11, 2015 to August 3, 2016.

His PM candidacy was supported by the UCPN-Maoists, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, and Madhesi Rights Forum-Democratic along with 13 other small parties.

Earlier, former and had addressed the nation and submitted his resignation to the


Deuba was elected as the 40th on June 6 with the support from (Maoist Centre) which is now a part of Left alliance and opting for merger with

"The elections of three tiers of government have been successfully held under my leadership setting the foundation to long transition," Deuba said in the television address.

alliance of the CPN-UML, led by Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre, led by Prachanda, secured almost two third majority in the Parliament during the

Oli's party secured 121 seats in the 275-member Parliament and became the largest party in the Parliament. The has 63 seats while the CPN-has 53 seats.

The total strength of the and CPN-was 174, sufficient to form a majority government at the Centre.

The Madhesi parties - Rastriya Janta Party has got 17 seats and Federal Socialist Party secured 16 seats in the

The elections were seen as the final step in Nepal's transition to a federal democracy following a decade-long civil war till 2006 that claimed more than 16,000 lives.

In 2015, when adopted a new Constitution that split it into seven states, dozens of people were killed in ethnic clashes over territory and rights.

Following the adoption of the new Constitution, the ethnic Madhesi group, mostly of Indian-origin, protested for months, saying they were not getting enough territory in one of the provinces and were also facing discrimination.

The polls are said to be a step forward in cementing democracy and providing political stability to Nepal, which has seen 10 prime ministers in as many years.

Oli had served as deputy during the then interim government led by in 2006 after the successful conclusion of the He was elected as a in the for the first time from district in 1991.

He had also served as in 19941995. He was re-elected to the from electorate in 1999.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 17:35 IST
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