Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, waves towards the media after he was elected Nepal's 24th prime minister in 26 years, in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Nepal's new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal spent years hiding out in the jungle directing a guerrilla war against the state, before transforming his Maoist revolutionary movement into a political party."He began to be seen as [someone] attracted to not just money and power but also to people outside the movement who were rich and powerful, abandoning the rank and file and alienating his base," said Aditya Adhikari, an author and expert on the Maoist movement.As local media attacked the former guerrilla over his alleged fondness for expensive imported whiskey and luxury brands, support for the Maoists plummeted and the party won just 80 out of 575 seats in the 2013 national polls.Today, the Maoists are only the third largest party in parliament.
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