Nepal to elect new prime minister on Sunday

  • With consensus again eluding the Nepali Constituent Assembly, the unicameral legislature of the Himalayan nation will elect a new prime minister on Sunday, speaker Subash Chandra Nembang announced on Friday. As a post-script to the drafting of the country's new democratic federal constitution, adopted by an overwhelming majority on September 20, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is slated to step down to facilitate the election of a new premier. Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) chairman Khadga Prasad Oli remains a strong contender for the post though he failed to muster consensus in his favor -- as touted in the run up to the adoption of the new constitution. (Source: IANS)


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