Surya Bahadur Thapa

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Surya Bahadur Thapa (born March 21, 1928) has been Prime Minister of Nepal five times, under three different kings, in a political career lasting nearly 50 years.

His terms have been 1963 to 1964, 1965 to 1969, 1979 to 1983, 1997 to 1998 and 2003 to 2004.

He was appointed for the fifth time by the King on June 4, 2003. He resigned on May 7, 2004, when popular discontent forced the king to appoint a new government and begin relinquishing the control which he had imposed on the government by deposing Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. After a period for nominations for a successor, Thapa left office on June 2, 2004, and was succeeded by Deuba.

Thapa received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allahabad University, India and an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Kurukshetra University. Thapa was born in Dhankuta and has one son and three daughters.

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