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K P Sharma Oli becomes Nepal PM for second time

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

K P Oli today became Nepal's for the second time, over two months after his Left alliance with former Maoist rebels swept the country's historic parliamentary polls, kindling hopes for the political stability in the Himalayn nation.

appointed 65-year-old Oli as the country's 41st

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

The appointment was made under the article 76 of Nepal's Constitution which states that in case of no clear majority of any party in the House of Representatives, the shall appoint as Prime Minister the member of the who can have the majority with the support of two or more political parties.

Oli's 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 prime minister and had addressed the nation and submitted his resignation to the president.

Deuba was elected as the 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 combine 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 and Federal Socialist Party has got 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 were seen as a major step towards implementing the new Constitution.

Oli had served as 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. 15:25 IST