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Ending a seven-month period of absent government, the country now has a prime minister. Thursday's election has crushed foreign powers that wanted to create a deadlock in the country and form a puppet government. The election has proved that Nepali political parties are capable of deciding on the issues of the country. UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal is not the only winner, the Nepali people have won. It is clear that Khanal owes this victory to the Maoists. People hope that the newly elected prime minister will acknowledge the sacrifice the Maoists have made, despite being the rightful contender for the post as the biggest party in the CA.

The Maoist-led government struggled for people's supremacy against foreign interferers and supporters of the status quo. The conspiracies of that time continue and it is a challenge Khanal needs to deal with. He has a duty to protect national sovereignty. Another responsibility for Khanal is to integrate the PLA into the army according to the aspirations of the 12-point agreement, Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Interim Constitution. Respectful integration of the PLA is an important responsibility of this government, which has been formed with support from the Maoists. Khanal also needs to democratise the army that has until now been guarding the capitalists. A federal democratic republic constitution should be written. The government will have to form bonds with pro-people groups to fight reactionary forces that want to obstruct the constitution-writing process. Khanal will have to reconstruct the centralised political structure into a scientific federal system and revive the failed parliamentary system. Other pro-people parties should also devise strategies along similar lines.

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