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Nepal's new PM faces ever trickier China-U.S.-India high wire act

Dahal likely to cozy up to Beijing as Himalayan nation's woes deepen, experts say

Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, is pictured as he takes office in Kathmandu on Dec. 26.   © Reuters

KATHMANDU -- Nepali politics ended 2022 in dramatic fashion, with former rebel party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal abandoning a coalition with the ruling Nepali Congress to team up with a rival and become prime minister for the third time, after a general election delivered a hung parliament.

Dahal, a former guerrilla who fought a 10-year Maoist insurgency until a peace accord in 2006, now presides over an unwieldy alliance of seven parties. He faces significant challenges.

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