Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel of Nepali Congress appointed Gandaki CM

File: Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokhrel, the Nepali Congress parliamentary party leader in Gandaki

Kathmandu, June 12

Krishan Chandra Nepali Pokharel has been appointed the chief minister of Gandaki Province on Saturday.

The appointment follows incumbent Prithvi Subba Gurung of the CPN-UML losing the vote of confidence in the Provincial Assembly on Thursday.

Pokharel had submitted signatures of 31 lawmakers of the 60-member legislative to Governor Sita Paudel on Friday, claiming he holds the majority support.

Nonetheless, the UML had tried to block the process as Gurung also staked claim to the chief-ministership stating the Rastriya Janamorcha and Janata Samajbadi Party had supported him.

This counterclaim had made many people fear if the UML was repeating the power game through which its chairman KP Sharma Oli had deprived the opposition alliance of premiership last month hours before dissolving the House of Representatives.

Therefore, the lawmakers supporting Pokharel had picketed the Governor’s Office in Pokhara demanding Pokharel be appointed the CM immediately.

This is the first time that a provincial government changed its chief minister since the 2017 elections. Also, this is the first time the Nepali Congress got to lead any provincial government since its election debacle that year.

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