Nepal fails to elect PM for 16th time

19:24, November 04, 2010      

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Nepal's Legislature Parliament failed for the 16th time for voting for the post of Prime Minister Thursday afternoon.

The exercise is also a mundane formality, as political parties have failed to reach a consensus.

Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Ram Chandra Paudel is the sole candidate for the post, but he failed to gain a majority in previous as only the NC lawmakers are participating in the voting.

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist did not participate in the voting process.

As per the parliamentary regulations, the elections will continue until a candidate secures a simple majority (301) of the votes in the 601-member parliament. NC has only 114 seats in the 601-member House.

Before the voting of the elections began, Poudel proposed the House to nominate himself as the PM.

However, out of 101 voters, Poudel received only 82 votes in support, 2 against his proposal and 17 neutral votes, which once again failed him to be the PM.

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