Pushpa Kamal Dahal born 11 December
1954), also known as Prachanda, is a
Nepalese politician and the chairman of
the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-
Centre). He has been Prime Minister of
Nepal since 2016; previously he was Prime
Minister from 2008 to 2009.
Dahal led the CPN as it launched a
communist insurgency on 13 February 1996.
In the ensuing civil war, more than
17,000 Nepalese died. Ultimately
elections were held in 2008 and the CPN
emerged as the strongest party. The
Constituent Assembly of Nepal elected
Dahal as Prime Minister in August 2008.
He resigned as Prime Minister on 4 May
2009 after his attempt to sack the army
chief, General Rookmangud Katawal, was
opposed by President Ram Baran Yadav.
Dahal is also widely known by his nom de
guerre “Prachanda”, a name he went by
during his guerrilla days. In Nepali and
some other Indo-Aryan languages
languages, the word Prachanda is an
adjective that translates to “fierce