ATLANTA — Nepal's special assembly has chosen Maoist chief Prachanda as prime minister over Sher Bahadur Deuba, a three-time former prime minister from the Nepali Congress party.

The win is based on the Maoists' control of 227 of 595 assembly seats and the support of the communist UML party and Madheshi People's Rights Forum, which jointly control 160 votes.

The assembly vote was part of the "peace deal" reached in 2006 that ended a civil war against the Nepali monarchy. The conflict caused more than 13,000 deaths in 10 years and displaced more than 200,000 people.