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Nepal - March 2023

Ram Chandra Paudel elected as new president

On 9 March, Nepal’s members of parliament and provincial assemblies voted to elect Nepali Congress (NC) party leader Ram Chandra Paudel as the country’s new president. The move follows Nepal’s national election held in November 2022, which delivered a hung parliament and a fragile coalition government. Paudel’s appointment aligns with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s power-sharing decision to support NC’s candidate over his initial Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist coalition partner. Analysts have noted this “marks a return to the pre-poll alliance of 2022.”

Sources: The Kathmandu Post, Al Jazeera, The Diplomat

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