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Prachanda

(prăchän`də) [the fierce one], nom de guerre of

Pushpa Kamal Dahal

(po͞osh`pä kəmäl` dəhäl), 1954–, Nepalese military and political leader, prime minister of Nepal (2008–9, 2016–). Born into a Brahmin family, he earned a degree in agriculture and taught agricultural science. Politically a Communist, he became a member of the militant Maoist Communist party, rose rapidly in it, and soon was living underground. By the 1990s he had become chief military strategist and supreme commander of Nepal's Maoist rebels, and beginning in the mid-1990s he led a guerrilla insurgency. After a decade of bloody warfare and protracted negotiations, the rebels joined the government in 2006. In Apr., 2008, the Maoists won more than a third of the constituent assembly seats, and in Aug., 2008, Prachanda became prime minister. He resigned the following May when the president reversed his firing of the head of the army. In Aug., 2016, he again became prime minister, this time in a coalition dominated by the Congress party and the Maoists.
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After the oath-taking, chiefs of diplomatic missions in Kathmandu congratulated Prachanda, who goes by that name but whose real name is Pushpa Kamal Dahal, for being elected to the top executive office of the country.
KATHMANDU, May 8 -- A day after the withdrawal of the indefinite general strike, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said they would sit for dialogue only after ruling parties respond to the Maoists' move.
They won general elections in 2008 and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the top rebel leader, became prime minister which forced the abdication of the king.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known under his nom-de-guerre of Prachanda (''The Fierce One''), who is chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal, made his remarks in a rare BBC interview with Charles Haviland to mark the 10th anniversary of the Maoist revolt.
In a news release and at a meeting on August 13, the chairman of the Maoist party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, warned the government against reopening cases pertaining to the conflict era, insisting that they should be handled only through the stalled TRC.
KATHMANDU, May 8 -- UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Saturday issued a two-day ultimatum to the ruling parties and government to meet his party's demands.
But Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal -- who goes by the name Prachanda -- resigned as prime minister in May after just eight months in the job following a row with the president over the head of the army.
New Delhi/Kathmandu, April 27 ( ANI ): Former Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', who is currently the Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), will pay a four-day visit to India from Saturday.
Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood called on Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the latter's residence in Nayabazar on Thursday morning.
KATHMANDU: When Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal stood for prime minister last August, his party pronounced it a "golden dawn" for Nepal after 10 years of civil war.
Kumar's predecessor Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the leader of the UCPN-M, resigned on May 4 after the country's president stopped him from firing the army chief.
Kathmandu, Nov 10 ( ANI ): Nepal Maoist Leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda has reached an agreement with the Hong Kong based NGO Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF) to develop the birthplace of Buddha.