Jhala Nath Khanal
|Jhala Nath Khanal
|34th Prime Minister of Nepal|
6 February 2011 – 29 August 2011
|President||Ram Baran Yadav|
|Preceded by||Madhav Kumar Nepal|
|Succeeded by||Baburam Bhattarai|
20 May 1950 |
|Political party||Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) (Before 1991)
Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (1991–present)
Jhala Nath Khanal (Nepali: झलनाथ खनाल Listen (help·info); born 20 May 1950) is a Nepali politician who was the 34th Prime Minister of Nepal from February 2011 to August 2011. He is Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) (CPN (UML)) and Leader of the Constituent Assembly Parliamentary Party of the CPN (UML).
Life and early career
Born in Sakhejung in the Ilam District, Khanal was a member of the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist), and was its General Secretary from 1982 to 1986; later, he was a member of the CPN (UML). Khanal served for a time as Minister of Information and Communication in the 1997 coalition government.
Khanal won the seat of the Ilam-1 constituency in the 2008 Constituent Assembly election. He led the CPN (UML) as General Secretary from 2008 to February 2009 and was elected as the Chairman of the CPN (UML) on February 16, 2009.
On 3 February 2011, after seven months of political gridlock in which no candidate could muster enough votes to be elected as Prime Minister, Jhala Nath Khanal was elected as Prime Minister by the Constituent Assembly. Khanal received 368 votes in the 601-member parliament, while his nearest rivals, Ram Chandra Poudel of the Nepali Congress and Bijay Kumar Gachhedar of Madhesi People's Rights Forum (Democratic), got 122 votes and 67 votes respectively.
Nepal had no proper government since Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned in June 2010. Sixteen rounds of voting in parliament since July were unable to produce a new prime minister as no political party could muster a majority. However, on 3 February 2011 the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (Nepal's largest party) withdrew its candidate, Pushpa Kamal Dahal (“Prachanda”), and backed Khanal, who as a result became the third Prime Minister of Nepal since it became a republic in 2008.
- By Manesh Shrestha, CNN. "CNN:Nepalese parliament elects new prime minister". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
- Biography of Jhala Nath Khanal jnkhanal.com
- "Nepal gets new leader, but future still jittery". Christian Science Monitor. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
|Party political offices|
Madhav Kumar Nepal
|Leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)
Madhav Kumar Nepal
|Prime Minister of Nepal