Madhav Kumar Nepal

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Madhav Kumar Nepal
माधवकुमार नेपाल
Madhav Kumar Nepal2.JPG
34th Prime Minister of Nepal
In office
25 May 2009 – 6 February 2011
President Ram Baran Yadav
Preceded by Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Succeeded by Jhala Nath Khanal
Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal
In office
30 November 1994 – 12 September 1995
Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari
Preceded by Girija Prasad Koirala
Succeeded by Prakash Chandra Lohani
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
30 November 1994 – 12 September 1995
Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari
Preceded by Girija Prasad Koirala
Succeeded by Prakash Chandra Lohani
Personal details
Born (1953-03-06) 6 March 1953 (age 63)
Gaur, Rautahat, Nepal
Political party Nepal Revolutionary Organisation (Marxist–Leninist) (Before 1975)
All Nepal Communist Revolutionary Coordination Committee (Marxist–Leninist) (1975–1978)
Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist–Leninist) (1978–1991)
Communist Party of Nepal (UML) (1991–present)
Other political
United Left Front (1990–2002)
Alma mater Tribhuvan University

Madhav Kumar Nepal (Nepali: माधवकुमार नेपालAbout this sound listen , born March 6, 1953)[1] is a Nepalese politician who was Prime Minister of Nepal from May 25, 2009 to February 6, 2011.[2] Nepal announced his resignation as Prime Minister on June 30, 2010.[3] He was previously the General Secretary of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) for 15 years.

Madhav Kumar Nepal(माकुने) was born to Mangal Kumar Upadhyaya and Durgadevi Upadhaya.[1] He graduated in Commerce from Tribhuvan University in 1973 and worked in banking and civil service before turning to full-time politics.

Political activism[edit]

M.K. Nepal joined the communist movement in 1969. In the underground struggle, he used party names such as 'Subodh', 'Sunil', 'Ranjan' and 'Bibek'. In 1971 he became a district committee member of the Nepal Revolutionary Organisation (Marxist-Leninist). At a conference held in Biratnagar June 7–8, 1975, M.K. Nepal was elected as a bureau member of the All Nepal Communist Revolutionary Coordination Committee (Marxist-Leninist). When the ANCRCC(ML) founded the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) in 1978, M.K. Nepal was elected a politburo member of the new party.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal delivering a speech at the Army Stadium (Tundikhel) on the occasion of Democracy Day.


He was the Deputy Prime Minister in the Nepalese government during the CPN(UML) minority government in 1994-1995 as well as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly during the 1990s. He argued for the Nepal Civil War to be solved through talks and did not believe that mobilization of the army was the solution.

Nepal was arrested in 2001 during a crackdown on anti-government protest. Following the palace massacre he called for Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to step down, though later joined forces with him to launch a campaign against King Gyanendra's assumption of executive powers.

On 12 April 2008, Nepal resigned as General Secretary of the CPN (UML),[4] after having lost the Kathmandu-2 seat to Maoist candidate Jhakku Prasad Subedi in the 2008 Constituent Assembly election.[5] Subedi was a comparatively obscure candidate.[6] Nepal was also defeated in Rautahat-6 constituency by CPN(M) candidate Devendra Patel.[7]

In June 2008, the CPN (UML) proposed that M. K. Nepal become the country's first President, following the declaration of a republic.[8]

Prime Minister[edit]

Nepal with President Ram Baran Yadav

He became Prime Minister of Nepal on 25 May 2009 after his predecessor Prachanda resigned over a conflict with the president over the dismissal of the army's chief of staff.[9]

Prime Minister Nepal resigned on June 30, 2010 in an effort to help the government move past its current deadlock and to pave the way for a national consensus government, as demanded by the opposition.[10]


  1. ^ a b K.C., Surendra. Aitihasik dastavej sangroh - bhag 2. Kathmandu: Pairavi Prakashan, 2063 B.S. p 460.
  2. ^ "Nepal parliament elects new PM". AFP via Google News. 
  3. ^ "Nepal PM quits in live TV address". BBC News. June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "MK Nepal announces resignation as UML gen secy", Nepalnews, April 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "UML gen secy loses to CPN-M candidate in Kathmandu-2; NWPP takes both constituencies in Bhaktapur", Nepalnews, April 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Big Maoist wins could reshape Nepal's politics", The Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 2008.
  7. ^ "MK Nepal loses in Rautahat, too", Nepalnews, April 14, 2008.
  8. ^ "UML, Maoist leaders differ on presidential candidate", Nepalnews, June 21, 2008.
  9. ^ "Communist leader elected Nepal PM". BBC. 23 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal Resigns". Nepal News. 1 July 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Busky, Donald F (2002). Communism in History and Theory. Praeger/Greenwood. ISBN 0-275-97733-1
  • Hutt, Michael (2004). Himalayan "People's War". C. Hurst & Co Publishers. ISBN 1-85065-722-X

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Madan Kumar Bhandari
Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)
Succeeded by
Jhala Nath Khanal
Political offices
Preceded by
Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Prime Minister of Nepal
Succeeded by
Jhala Nath Khanal