KATHMANDU, Nepali President, Bidya Devi Bhandari, appointed General Purna Chandra Thapa, as the country's new army chief, on Sunday.
President Bhandari administered oath of office, to the newly appointed army chief, at a special function, held at the presidential palace, according to a statement issued by the president's office.
The president appointed him as the 43rd chief of the Nepali Army, who joined the military service in 1979, as an officer cadet, according to the Army Headquarters.
The new army chief has succeeded General Rajendra Chhetri, who retired on Sunday.
The new army chief had served in various capacities, including company commander and battalion commander, during his 39 years of service in the Nepali military.
General Thapa was born to a military family in 1960, in Lamjung, a hilly district in Western Nepal.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK