Nepal unlikely to get new PM from sixth round of voting

11:23, September 05, 2010      

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Unless there is a last-minute miraculous turn of event, the country is unlikely to get new prime minister even from the sixth round of voting scheduled for Sunday.

According to Republica daily, the chances of electing the successor of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal appear slim as United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), an alliance of four Madhes- based parties, and the Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) have not changed their stance to stay neutral.

The CPN-UML and the UDMF, which have 109 and 82 seats respectively in the parliament, have been staying neutral in five previous rounds of voting in the parliament to elect new prime minister after Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned from the post on June 30. But all these votings have failed to pick a new prime minister due to neutral stance of the CPN-UML and the UDMF.

Neither of the two candidates -- Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda and Nepali Congress party Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel -- garner 301 votes necessary to form a majority government.



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