The scheduled visit by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to Qata on March 3, has been cancelled. “The Prime Minister’s visit to Qatar to attend the Fifth Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has been cancelled due to his important political engagements at home,” Prachanda’s Media Coordinator Surya Kiran Sharma told PTI. Earlier, on Sunday the Foreign Ministry had annnouncd that Prime Minister Prachanda would visit Qatar, in connection with participating in LDCs meeting, as his first foreign trip after assuming the top executive position.
However, the Prime Minister decided not leave the country in view of the presidential election schedued to take place on March 9, the PM’s aide confirmed. Eight political parties including CPN-Maoist Centre led by Prachanda have decided to support senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Poudyal for the post of head of the state during the election.