“I announce that Madhav Kumar Nepal has been elected unopposed in the position of Prime Minister as per the Constituent Assembly’s Legislature-Parliament Business Advisory Regulations 2065.”
With that declaration from Subash Nemwang, the chair of the CA, today evening the moderate Marxist and Leninist leader became the third communist prime minister in Nepal. MK Nepal had previously served as the deputy prime minister in the nine-month-long government led by his Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist and Leninist)’s Manmonah Adhikari, the first elected communist prime minister of Nepal. That was in 1994-95. MK Nepal led the party for 15 years from 1993 to 2008 as the General Secretary. He took over the responsibility after the accidental death of charismatic communist leader Madan Bhandari. He resigned from the post citing moral responsibility for his party’s humiliating defeat in the Apri 2008 CA polls. He was later nominated in the CA.
Madhav Nepal’s Tryst With Fate: No one ever thought that this parliament would elect Nepal as its second prime minister, certainly not after he lost his bid for parliament from two different constituencies. For a while it seemed Nepal and highest office were moving asunder, irrevocably. But never forget that politics, as they say, is the game of the possible and in Nepal´s case that possibility- you may even call it impossibility- has become reality.
To borrow the words of Paulo Cohelo, the universe seems to have conspired to put Nepal at the helm of affairs. If outgoing Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal had not sacked the army chief, if UML President Jhala Nath Khanal´s support within his party had not slipped into a minority just a few month after the successful party convention, if Bijaya Gachchhadar had not surprised his party Chairman Upendra Yadav with a majority supporting him in the parliamentary party, if Girija Prasad Koirala had not been averse to Maoist offers… there could haven been a dozen such “if´s” which could have gone wrong for Nepal and the story would have been different. (Continue reading this in Republica.)
Though the Maoist, largest party in the CA, boycotted today’s election, only Nepal, 56, was the candidate for the Prime minister today. He filed his nomination at the Parliamentary Secretariat at around 10.30 this morning, reports ekantipur. He was supported by 360 lawmakers from 22 political parties, excluding 238 lawmakers from Maoists and two from CPN (Unified). While Nepal was certain to win, the Unified CPN (Maoist) that stepped down from the government decided to stay away from the election procedure. Nepali Congress President and former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala floated the proposal to elect MK Nepal the new Prime Minister, before the legislature-parliament on Saturday (today) afternoon.
Earlier on May 4, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned from the Prime Minister post protesting against President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav for, what he claimed, establishing parallel rule in the country by reinstating the Army Chief sacked by the cabinet.