|Tuesday, March 21, 2000,
|S P O T L I
G H T
appointed Nepal PM
KATHMANDU, March 20 (AFP) Nepal's King Birendra
today appointed Mr Girija Prasad Koirala, the country's
new Prime Minister, the palace announced in a statement.
Mr Koirala was elected on Saturday by a majority ruling
Nepali Congress (NC) lawmakers to head their
parliamentary group, automatically making him the
successor to the former Prime Minister Krishna Prasad
Bhattarai. Mr Koirala will be officially sworn on
Wednesday, when he also plans to make his initial cabinet
appointments, sources close to the prime minister's
rule sought in Pondy
Mar 20 (PTI) BJP's Tamil Nadu unit today called
for imposition of the President's rule in Pondicherry,
saying the new coalition government to be headed by the
congress in the union territory might not survive for
long. In a statement here, BJP State General Secretary I.
Ganesan said TMC's decision to support the congress to
form the government was against the 'wishes' of the
people of Pondicherry who had voted for the DMK-TMC-CPI
combine in the 1996 state elections.