Famous Nepalese Prime Ministers
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Turn the pages of Nepalese history and you would be surprized to notice that the position of the Prime Minister existed at all phases of Nepalese legacy. Though it was known by different title or name, but the profile and office of the Prime Minister was the same. When the Shah dynasty took over Nepal, Mul-Kajis were responsible for the executive functioning. They actually functioned as Prime Ministers. Rana Bahadur Shah in 1806 created the position of Mukhtiyar or ‘Mukhya’ and ‘Akhtiyar’ which stands for ‘Chief Authority’. The role of the Mukhtiyar was same as that of current day Prime Minister. In 1959, Nepal had for the first time an elected representative acting as the Prime Minister in Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala. Following Nepal’s turn to become a constitutional monarchy, the role of the Prime Minister became vague as the King became the supreme commander. However, the post still existed. The tables turned yet again following the royal massacre and riotous uprising of the Communist which led to the fall of the constitutional monarchy and establishment of the federal republic, according to which the President of Nepal became the head of the state while the Prime Minister served as the head of the government. Currently, Khadga Prasad Oil Sharma serves as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Check this section to find out detailed information regarding Nepalese Prime Ministers, their work, life and role in the government.
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Birthdate: July 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saharsa, Bihar, British Raj (present-day India)
Died: March 20, 2010
Girija Prasad Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of the country on four occasions. Although he was accused of institutionalizing corruption in Nepal, Koirala remains one of the most popular politicians in the history of Nepal. In 2015, he was posthumously honored with Nepal's highest honor, Nepal Ratna Man Padavi.
Birthdate: August 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morang, Nepal
Died: February 9, 2016
Sushil Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of Nepal from 1 February 2014 to 10 October 2015. His government was panned for its slow response to the April 2015. Nepal earthquake. After his demise in 2016, the Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation was established in his honor.
Birthdate: December 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dhikur Pokhari, Nepal
Nepali Communist Party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, or “fierce,” played a major role in the Maoist insurgency that put an end to monarchy in the country and brought about democracy. He thus served as the first Nepali prime minister, and returned to the post later.
Birthdate: June 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khoplang, Gorkha, Nepal
Born in a remote village in Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai completed his education in India on scholarships. The former prime minister of Nepal also boasts of a PhD from JNU. A member of the Maoist faction of the Communist Party of Nepal, he later launched his own party, Naya Shakti.
Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: March 4, 2011
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai was a Nepalese political leader who was twice the prime minister of Nepal. He played a major role in transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a democratic multi-party system. Prior to becoming the prime minister, he was the officiating president of the Nepali Congress for nearly 26 years. He was known to be saintly and religious.
Birthdate: June 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: April 26, 1999
Man Mohan Adhikari was a Nepalese political leader best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Nepal from 30 November 1994 to 12 September 1995. An important member of the Communist Party of Nepal, Man Mohan Adhikari was the first communist to hold the prime minister's office in Nepal.