August 29, 2011
On Sunday, Nepal’s parliament elected Dr. Baburam Bhattarai – the Maoists’ second-in-command – as the nation’s newest prime minister. He is the fourth to hold the position since the 2008 national elections.
Bhattarai received a clear majority. He garnered 340 votes in the 594-member parliament – reduced from its original 601-seat membership because of recent deaths and certain MPs being stripped of membership on grounds of corruption – and his party clinched the deal by securing the last-minute backing of a bloc of five ethic parties from Madhes.