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Former Maoist Leader Becomes Nepal’s Prime Minister for Third Time

HeadlineDec 27, 2022

In Nepal, the former leader of the Maoist insurgency that helped end monarchical rule has been appointed prime minister for a third time. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, took the oath of office Monday after winning the backing of a coalition led by the Unified Marxist-Leninist party. Prachanda led Nepal briefly in 2008 and ’09, and again in 2016. He previously led a Maoist insurgency that waged a decade-long civil war that ended with the abolition of the Shah dynasty in 2008 and the establishment of a republic.

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