Nepal is all set to elect its new prime minister through a majority vote after the weeklong deadline given by President Ram Baran Yadav to select a candidate through consensus ended on Thursday.
Yadav sent a notice to parliament on Friday with directions to elect a new head of government through voting. Filing of nominations will take place on Saturday and election will be held on Sunday.
Nepal is electing a new PM after incumbent Sushil Koirala announced last week his decision to quit office as per an earlier commitment to do that once the new constitution comes into force.
Koirala, who is also the head of Nepali Congress, however, is yet to submit his resignation, choosing to hold on to his post till his successor is chosen.
There was an unofficial agreement with coalition partner Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) to appoint its chairman Khadga Prasad Oli as the prime minister once Koirala quits.
But differences have cropped up between NC and CPN (UML) in recent days after the latter refused to support Koirala’s move to amend the new constitution to address demands of protesting Madhesis.
Unhappy with the demarcation of new states in the new statute, parties from Madhes, the plains in southern Nepal bordering India, have been protesting for nearly two months seeking fresh delineation of federal boundaries.