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Fresh PM poll on Feb 3

With consensus eluding the major three parties, Nepal will witness a fresh round of voting in parliament to elect a new prime minister next month.

world Updated: Jan 27, 2011 18:16 IST
Utpal Parashar

With consensus eluding the major three parties, Nepal will witness a fresh round of voting in parliament to elect a new prime minister next month.

President Ram Baran Yadav directed parliament to elect the prime minister through majority vote after the three parties failed to reach a consensus on government formation within the Wednesday deadline.

The fresh round of voting will take place on February 3.

If none of the candidates secure majority in the first round, a second round of voting will take place on February 5.

Failure in this round will lead to another voting on February 6. A fresh process will be initiated if the deadlock still continues.

The fresh PM poll will be conducted as per amended provisions of the constitution, which disallows lawmakers to abstain or remain neutral to make the process result-oriented.

Earlier in the day, ‘decisive talks’ held among leaders of Nepali Congress, Maoists and Communist Pary of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) to find a last minute solution failed to yield any result.

Chairman of CPN (UML) Jhalanath Khanal told media persons that though the parties have arrived at some common ground, differences on government formation still persist.

The three parties, all staking claim to lead a consensus government, have decided to continue with more rounds of talks in the coming days.