KATHMANDU - A former Maoist guerrilla leader who led a decade-long insurgency against Nepal's Hindu monarchy was sworn in on Monday as the Himalayan republic's first prime minister.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who still goes by his nom de guerre Prachanda - meaning "terrible" or "fierce" - took the oath of office in front of hundreds of invitees, including diplomats, civil servants and politicians. [Source]
Here's a congratulatory message from International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS)-
16 August 2008
His Excellency Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Dear Comrade Prachanda,
We the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) convey to you our warmest greetings of revolutionary solidarity and congratulations for your election as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (FDRN) by overwhelming majority vote. We share the elation over your outstanding achievement with you as leader, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the People's Liberation Army, the mass organizations and the entire people of Nepal.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the people of Nepal have advanced from one major political victory to another. The cumulative victories have been due to the correct general line of new democratic revolution through people's war against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism. Through a decade-long revolutionary armed struggle, your Party was able to build a powerful mass base and make advances in an all-rounded way.
The people of the world have celebrated the great historic victory of your Party and the people of Nepal in overthrowing the monarchy and establishing the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. They expect, as your own people demand, that the revolutionary process continues through fundamental reforms by constitutional changes, policy-making, executive action and mass mobilization.
We fully and firmly support the demands of the people of Nepal that under your leadership the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal uphold, defend and promote national independence, people's democracy, social justice, economic development through industrialization and land reform, a national, scientific and mass system of culture and education and an independent foreign policy for peace and international solidarity.
There are great possibilities of global significance arising from the revolutionary strength of your republic, Party and people. Nepal can serve as a base for promoting the global historic mission of the working class for defeating imperialism and building socialism and for generating the broadest possible mass movement of international solidarity against imperialism and reaction.
We extend to you our most militant best wishes. We are hopeful and confident that you as Prime Minister will lead the republic, your Party and the people of Nepal towards still greater revolutionary victories. The prospects are bright because your Party and people are united, reliant on their own revolutionary strength, ever vigilant and militant in defense of revolutionary gains and are determined to struggle and make the necessary sacrifices to reach the next new and higher level of the Nepali revolution.
Please accept the assurances of our highest comradely regards.
For the International League of Peoples' Struggle
Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International Coordinating Committee
Congratulations to the people of Nepal!