Belying hopes of an early resolution to the ongoing political impasse, Nepal failed to elect its next prime minister for the third time in 13 days on Monday.
None of the two candidates in fray-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel could garner the votes needed to win in third round of voting.
The result was expected as CPM-UML, the third largest party with 108 representatives and United Democratic Madhesi Front-the umbrella group of four Madhes-based parties with 83 members abstained from voting.
Although ‘Prachanda’ got support of 259 lawmakers (18 more than the second round of voting) he failed to secure the 300 votes needed for a win. Poudel could only manage 124 votes.
The business advisory committee of parliament has decided to hold the third round of voting on August 5.