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Nepal PM election fails for the fifth time

world Updated: Aug 23, 2010 20:37 IST
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Continuing stalemate among political parties ensured the fifth round of voting to elect a new prime minister in Nepal failing again on Monday.

Both candidates, Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and Nepali Congress's Ram Chandra Poudel failed to secure the required 300 votes from lawmakers.

Prachanda managed to get 246 votes while his rival secured support of only 124 Constituent Assembly members.

The result was expected as CPM-UML (108 votes) and United Democratic Madhesi Forum, the four-party group of Madhesi parties with 82 members had earlier announced their decision to abstain.

The next round of voting would take place on September 5.

On Sunday, leaders of three major parties and UDMF had met CA Chairman Subhash Nemwang and assured that 'serious talks' to arrive at a consensus would take place after the fifth round of voting.

Nepal is in the process of electing its 34th PM by majority vote after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned in June.

As per the interim constitution, the voting process would continue till a candidate secures the votes required to win. No new candidate can enter the fray midway.