Oli takes oath as new Nepal PM

Oli was appointed as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal this afternoon. He is known for his pro-China stance.

Following his swearing in, Oli formed a small Cabinet inducting two ministers from his Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist). He had earlier served as the premier from October 2015 to August 2016, when he had to step down after the CPN-Maoist Center withdrew its support to the then government.

Meanwhile, CPN-UML, which emerged as the largest political party in the elections, has officially claimed for the formation of the new government with support from the CPN Maoist Centre.

The two communist parties had months ago made a decision to jointly contest the Parliamentary and provincial elections.

Addressing the nation from Prime Minister's Official residence on Thursday morning Prime Minister Deuba announced his resignation from the post deeming his tenure to be successful.

The Left Alliance of CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) had registered massive victory in the historic parliament and first ever provincial assembly election held on November 26 and December 7 previous year.

Nepal held parliamentary elections in November and December but the formation of the new government had been delayed because the Election Commission declined to declare the final results until the election of the upper house of parliament, which was held last week.

An alliance of left parties - the CPN-UML and the CPM-Maoist Centre - has won a total of 116 seats.

The Constitution has stipulated for a bicameral federal legislature comprising the House of Representatives and the National Assembly.

The 65-year-old leader was elected Chief of the CPN-UML in July 2014, defeating Madhav Kumar Nepal in the party's ninth general convention.

  • Jon Douglas