Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected as the 40th prime minister of Nepal.
the second meeting the legislature parliament held today has elected him as the 40th prime Miinsiter.
Lone candidate for the post of Prime Minister Deuba secured 388 votes while 170 voted against him.
558 parliamentarians participated in the voting process out of the total 593 in the parliament.
The outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal proposed Deuba to elect as the new Prime Minister.
Maoist Centre, RPP, Nepal Democratic Forum, Samajbadi Janata Party, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Rastriya Janata Party Nepal among others cast their votes in favor PM Deuba.
Earlier today, informing the parliament meeting about his candidacy for the PM, NC President Deuba had said he fielded himself as the PM after the Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal stepped down from the post.
He fielded himself as PM with the agreement made with the Maoist Centre.
Addressing the meeting, the newly elected PM Deuba expressed commitment to hold the second round of local level election and the elections of province and federal parliament within the stipulated timeframe. He said the policy and programmes brought forth by the previous government would be continued without affecting the election code of conduct.
He expressed confidence that the major opposition CPN-UML would extend support in passing the constitution amendment bill as per the demands of the Madhes parties and creating atmosphere favourable to all sides on board for the elections.
His shared the commitments of the government he is leading from now onwards as holding elections to promote grassroots democracy, bringing economic decentralization, bringing in foreign investment with the establishment of industries, creating atmosphere for national consensus.
According to him, PM Dahal showed the character of a statesman by abiding by the agreement. Cooperation with Maoist Centre would continue in the days ahead, he added.
The foreign policy should be based on national interest, he said, adding that maintaining harmonious relations with India and China also falls under the national interest.
The PM candidate Deuba further said he would not let the misuse of Nepali territory against India and China.
A total of 297 votes are required to elect the new prime minister.