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Profile: Babu Ram Bhattarai elected Prime Minister of Nepal

(Xinhua)

09:28, August 29, 2011

KATHMANDU, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Unified Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist (UCPN-M) Vice Chairman Babu Ram Bhattarai was elected as the 35th prime minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on Sunday with majority by the legislature Parliament.

UCPN-M is the largest party in the Constituent Assembly.

Bhattarai was born on June 18, 1954 in Gorkha district, some 75 km west of capital Kathmandu in a middle class peasant family. He has an elder sister, a younger brother and a younger sister.

Bhattarai is widely recognized for his political and intellectual activism.

Bhattarai was the first finance minister of Nepal in 2008 in the government of Prachanda.

He enrolled in Amrit Science Campus in Kathmandu, as the first in the School Leaving Certificate examination, to study science in the Intermediate level.

In 1977, under the Colombo Plan, Bhattarai completed his Bachelors in Architecture from Chandigarh, India.

In 1979, he went on to complete his Masters in Town and Country Planning with specialization in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.

In 1986, he got a doctorate degree in Regional Development Planning from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. And in the same year he got married with Hisila Yami, daughter of popular politician Dharma ratna Yami. Bhattarai has a daughter.

In 1977, he became the Founder President of the All India Nepalese Students Association while studying in India.

Also in India, he came in contact with top political leaders of Nepal, such as B.P. Koirala, Tulsi Lal Amatya, Mohan Bikram Singh, Rishikesh Shah, and plunged headlong into democratic politics.

In 1980, he got arrested for the first time by the Indian police while demonstrating black flag against King Birendra visiting New Delhi.

In 1981, Bhattarai became member of the Communist Party of Nepal. Subsequently, he became active in organizing migrant Nepali workers in India through All India Nepalese Unity Society (1979- 1986).

After completion of his formal education, he returned to Nepal in 1986 and became full-time party cadre and political activist.

As an intellectual, he has published many books in Nepal and English languages.

The deadline of the Constituent Assembly is approaching very near and Nepal still has no constitution. Nepali citizens have high hopes for the newly elected Prime Minister to conclude the contentious issues of the nation.

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