Nepal's new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to formulate the Good Conduct Policy as he assumed office after the oath. This is the tenth time in just over a decade the leadership has changed hands in the Himalayan nation.
Earlier in the day, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal proposed Deuba for the post of prime minister while Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel and leaders from other four political parties backed it. This time, he has a chance to prove critics wrong if he can hold the second phase of local elections, federal and parliamentary elections in the coming eight months.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Mr Deuba on becoming Nepal's prime minister again. The two leaders have struck an unlikely power-sharing deal which is expected to hold until the national elections.
He secured 388 votes in his favour and 170 votes against him. Deuba has the support of more than 50% of the lawmakers needed for his election to the top post.
However, now with the main opposition party agreeing to end obstruction of the parliament, Nepali Congress (NC) President Deuba is become the country's 40th prime minister.
After all three elections, Nepal hopes a new republican constitution prepared in 2015 but rejected by some ethnic groups as discriminatory will come into full operation. He said that the Constitution would be amended to create harmony between the Terai and Hilly people.
"I am happy to quit as a successful Prime Minister having performed some rare feats like holding election to local bodies after a gap of 20 years, and pursuing a balanced and pragmatic foreign policy with neighbouring countries India and China", he was quoted by the paper as saying.
Deuba's previous three tenures as Prime Minister were marred by the Maoist war, the royal coup of February 2005, and a stagnant economy. His second term was cut short by then King Gyanedra, who sacked him, calling him incompetent.