Sher Bahadur Deuba elected Nepal’s prime minister for fourth time. Deuba, 70, was the sole candidate to contest in the prime minister election as the main opposition UML or any other party didn’t register their candidacies.
The Nepali Congress leader has become the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal. The post of Prime Minister fell vacant after Maoist leader Prachanda resigned last month under a power sharing deal with the Nepali Congress leader.
It is expected that Mr. Deuba will form a small Cabinet on Wednesday which will be expanded in a few days and some of the Madhesi parties are also likely to join the coalition.
Mr. Deuba served as the prime minister from 1995 to 1997, from 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005. He was sacked by the then King Gyanendra Shah in 2005 over failure to hold elections and bring Maoist rebels to a round table negotiation.
Indian Prime Minister Modi called his Nepal counterpart and congratulated him on being elected the Prime Minister.