Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Nepali: पुष्पकमल दाहाल, Nepali pronunciation: [ˈpuʂpʌkʌmʌl d̪aˈhal]; born 11 December 1954), commonly known by his nom de guerre Prachanda, is a Nepalese politician, Chairman of the Nepal Communist Party and twice Prime Minister of Nepal, from 2008 to 2009 and from 2016 to 2017.
Dahal was leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) during the country's civil war and subsequent peace process which dissolved the monarchy and created a republic. In the 2008 elections CPN(M) emerged as the largest party, with Dahal becoming Prime Minister in August of that year. He resigned as Prime Minister on 4 May 2009 after his attempt to dismiss the army chief, General Rookmangud Katawal, was opposed by President Ram Baran Yadav.
Dahal is also widely known by his nom de guerre "Prachanda". In Nepali and other Indo-Aryan languages, the word Prachanda is an adjective that translates as "fierce".