Jhala Nath Khanal

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Jhala Nath Khanal
झलनाथ खनाल
Jhala Nath Khanal 2011-03-20.jpg
35th Prime Minister of Nepal
In office
6 February 2011 – 29 August 2011
President Ram Baran Yadav
Preceded by Madhav Kumar Nepal
Succeeded by Baburam Bhattarai
Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)
In office
Preceded by Madhav Kumar Nepal
Succeeded by Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
Personal details
Born (1950-05-20) 20 May 1950 (age 68)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Political party CPN UML (Before 1991)
Communist Party of Nepal (UML) (1991–present)

Jhala Nath Khanal (Nepali: झलनाथ खन्नालAbout this sound Listen ; born 20 May 1950) is a Nepalese politician who was the 35th Prime Minister of Nepal from February 2011[1] to August 2011. He was the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) (CPN (UML)) and Leader of the Constituent Assembly Parliamentary Party of the CPN (UML).[2]

Personal life, early career and other information

Born in Sakhejung in the Ilam District,[2] 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.[3]

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.[2]

Prime minister

Jhala Nath Khanal after being elected Prime Minister of Nepal
Oath taking ceremony, 6th Feb 2011

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Khanal's immediate tasks as Prime Minister included the preparation of a new republican constitution by a May 28 deadline, and negotiating the future of some 20,000 Maoist combatants.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Manesh Shrestha, CNN. "CNN:Nepalese parliament elects new prime minister". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  2. ^ a b c Biography of Jhala Nath Khanal Archived 2010-08-09 at the Wayback Machine. jnkhanal.com
  3. ^ "Nepal gets new leader, but future still jittery". Christian Science Monitor. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.

External links

  • Official website of CPN UML
Party political offices
Preceded by
Madhav Kumar Nepal
Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)
Succeeded by
Khadga Prasad Oli
Political offices
Preceded by
Madhav Kumar Nepal
Prime Minister of Nepal
Succeeded by
Baburam Bhattarai
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