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Nepal’s new Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Beuba, was elected yesterday and has claimed that Christians and other religious minorities now have nothing to fear in Nepal. According to the new Prime Minister, the newly formed government will make strides to protect religious freedom. This comes as great news to Nepal’s Christians and religious minorities. Hindu nationalists continue to try force Nepal back to being a Hindu kingdom where religious freedom was not an accepted right. Is this the beginning of a new era for Nepal’s Christian community? 

06/07/2017 Nepal (Asia News) – Sher Bahadur Deuba is the new prime minister of Nepal. Elected yesterday afternoon, he is the country’s 40th head of government.

This follows the resignation of Pushpa “Prachanda” Kamal Dahal on May 24th in accordance with deal worked between the parties in the ruling coalition. Mr. Deuba received 338 votes, with 170 voting against him. Some 558 lawmakers out of 593 were present.

Deuba, age 71, is the president of the Nepali Congress and this is his fourth time to serve as head of government. Speaking to parliament, the new prime minister said that although “the Nepali Congress is the largest political party, we accepted the leadership of a third party in the ruling coalition to strengthen democracy.”

“The Nepali Congress has never accepted compromises on democratic values ​​and rights,” he added. “We respect all minority castes and faiths, and my government will emphasize the protection and promotion of minority rights. Christians, Tibetans and other religious groups no longer have to worry about their religious and democratic freedom.”

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