Nepal’s Parliament has elected Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli as Nepal’s New Prime Minister. He replaces incumbent Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepali Congress after defeating him by 338 to 249 votes in the 598 member house. Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist – Leninist ) was backed by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists and the pro-monarchy Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal.
Oli is immediately tasked with a host of responsibilities ranging from rebuilding earthquake hit Nepal to calming street protests to bettering ties with India.
Born on 22nd February, 1952 in Eastern Nepal , Oli was educated in the plains of Jhapa in Eastern Nepal, where local communist leaders greatly influenced him. Oli became a member of Nepal Communist Party in 1970 due to which he had to start leading an underground life as the erstwhile royal rule banned the communists. During autocratic monarchy, Oli served a jail term of 14 years for his involvement with radical communist politics. However, Oli has managed to get his due in the last two decades.
Oli, who is a secondary school dropout, has won parliamentary elections in 1991, 1999, 2008, 2013. He served as Home Minister in 1994 and as Foreign Minister in 2007. In February 2014, his Party, Communist Party Of Nepal (Unified Marxist- Leninist), elected him as their chairman.
Oli is the first Prime Minister of Nepal ever since the country became a Democratic Republic. Oli has a long way to go and an array of responsibilities to fulfill. All hopes are on the newly elected Prime Minister in establishing peace, prosperity and stability in The Himalayan Kingdom.