KP Sharma Oli becomes Nepal's new prime minister


Nepal's parliament has chosen Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli as the new prime minister, sweeping him into a number of challenges from rebuilding recently earthquake-hit areas and calming street protests, to soothing tensions with neighbouring India.

On Sunday, politicians voted for KP Oli of the country's second largest party, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist). Current Prime Minister Sushil Koirala stepped down as required by the new constitution, which was adopted on September 20.

Oli is immediately tasked with calming protests in the country's southern plains triggered by the adoption of the new constitution, which is aimed at bolstering the Himalayan nation's transformation to a democracy after decades of political instability and a civil war.

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