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Stalemate over Nepal PM election continues

With major parties failing to reach any agreement, the fifth round of voting on Wednesday to elect Nepal’s new prime minister is likely to prove a failure again.

world Updated: Aug 17, 2010 16:23 IST
Utpal Parashar

With major parties failing to reach any agreement, the fifth round of voting on Wednesday to elect Nepal’s new prime minister is likely to prove a failure again.

On Tuesday morning, Nepali Congress candidate for the post Ram Chandra Poudel reached the official residence of caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal seeking his help.

Poudel, who was accompanied by senior party leaders, asked Nepal and CPN-UML leader KP Oli to support him in the next round of voting.

His rival, Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal was also busy looking at ways taste victory after four defeats.

But with CPN-UML deciding to abstain again and United Democratic Madhes Front (UDMF)—the four party group of Madhesi parties likely to do the same—nothing will come out of Wednesday’s voting.

CPN-UML has 108 lawmakers in Constituent Assembly and UDMF has 83 members making them crucial for any of the two candidates getting the 300 votes needed for a win.