The lone candidate in Nepal’s deadlocked prime ministerial poll withdrew his candidature on Wednesday ahead of the 17th round of voting.
Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel stepped aside from the contest after opposition Maoists and ruling coalition partner Communist Party of Nepal (UML) refused to defer polling till Thursday.
A formal announcement regarding Poudel’s withdrawal was made in parliament by NC leader Sher Bahadur Deuba after the party’s central committee agreed to the move.
Poudel’s withdrawal has paved way for a fresh process to elect the next prime minister. Parliament’s business advisory committee will decide the next process on Thursday.
Nepal has been without an effective government since June 30 last year after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned.