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Race on for Nepal’s new prime minister

With indications emerging that Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal may resign within the next few days, a race is underway among contenders to fill up the post.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2010 23:54 IST
Utpal Parashar

With indications emerging that Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal may resign within the next few days, a race is underway among contenders to fill up the post.

The three major parties — ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) and opposition Maoists are involved in a tussle for power as part of a three-point deal signed on May 28.

Contenders have started vying for the PM’s chair with those in Nepali Congress and Maoist camps emerging as likely successor to CPN (UML)’s Madhav Kumar Nepal.

A fight has begun between camps of Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel and former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba with both staking their claims to the post.

A race is underway in the Maoist camp as well. With chances of Pushpa Kamal Dahal reaching the post getting slimmer, there is debate on who should occupy the PM’s chair if the party heads the next government. The most acceptable candidate seems Vice-Chairman Baburam Bhattarai. But on Friday he indicated that he may not stake claim for the PM’s post.