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Consensus eludes Nepal govt formation, PM to be elected on Wednesday

world Updated: Jul 31, 2016 17:20 IST
Anil Giri
Anil Giri
Hindustan Times
KP Sharma Oli

Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, (centre), who is the sole candidate for the top post as of now, is backed by Nepali Congress, the largest party in the Parliament, making it sure he will become the 39th prime minister of Nepal.(AFP File)

With the expiry of a deadline given by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari for formation of a new government based on consensus, Nepal is set to elect its new prime minister based on majority votes.

A voting will be held in Parliament on Wednesday to elect the new premier in the wake of the second largest party Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) deciding to sit in opposition. The results of the election will be out on the same day.

The parliament will form a panel headed by secretary general of the House to hold the elections and call for nomination from candidates on Tuesday. 

According to the Constitution of Nepal, parties should make an effort to form a national consensus government, bringing on board at least the major parties in the House. If the process fails, a new government will be installed based on majority votes.

The president decided on the election after holding a meeting with outgoing prime minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli,  Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, PM-in-waiting Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘ Prachanda’, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar.

The president decided on the election after holding a meeting with outgoing prime minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli,  Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, PM-in-waiting Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘ Prachanda’, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar.

Prachanda, who is also the Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre), said it was impossible to install a government based on national consensus.

“Due to some reasons, UML has decided to sit in opposition so it was impossible to have a new government based on consensus,” he told the president.

“We urged the president to call formation of the new government based on majority votes as chances of formation of the national government ended,” Deuba said after the meeting.

Prachanda, who is the sole candidate for the top post as of now, is backed by Nepali Congress, the largest party in the Parliament, making it sure he will become the 39th prime minister of Nepal.