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Nepal’s next PM runoff on August 2
Kathmandu,Jul 25 (Agencies):
Published on 25 Jul. 2010 11:15 PM IST
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The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of parliament has decided to hold the third runoff election for the prime ministerial post on August 2.
The BAC took the decision after both the prime ministerial candidates - Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda and Nepali Congress vice president Ram Chandra Poudel failed to muster the simple majority in the re-poll held on Friday.
Prachanda secured 242 votes including 237 votes from his party. A total of 114 votes were cast in opposition while 226 lawmakers went for ‘no vote’. The five additional votes came from the Rastriya Janamukti Party, the Nepa Rastriya Party and the Nepali Janata Dal.
Similarly, out of the total 592 votes cast, Poudel bagged 124 votes, 114 from his party and 10 votes from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party and the Rastriya Janashakti Party. Likewise, 228 votes were counted as ‘no vote’. The voting could not produce any results. The CPN (UML), four Madhesi parties and some fringe parties stayed neutral.
Meanwhile, the CPN (UML) leaders have said that they it will not participate in the elections if an environment for consensus are not created by then.
All four Madhes-based parties Sunday showed an ‘indication’ to the Unified CPN (Maoist) that they would consider extending their support to form a Maoist-led government under the leadership of Pushpa Kamal Dahal if they Maoists address their concerns ‘seriously’.
Unified CPN (Maoist) leaders in a meeting with the United Madhesi Front ...
In a meeting with Madhesi leaders at Singha Durbar today, top Maoist leaders agreed to present their formal decision paper on the recently unveiled “common document” of United Madhesi Front (UMF) for installing a Madhesi alliance in forming new government.
As advocated by UMF, UCPN-M accepted that the State Restructuring Commission (SRC) was inappropriately finalised without involving Madhesi parties.
“The meeting with Madhesi friends was positive,” Maoist vice-chairman Naran Kazi Shrestha told reporters emerging out of meeting. “We hope to get their full support in the next prime ministerial election,” Shrestha elaborated.
Meanwhile, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) vice chair JP Gupta told reporters that Maoist leaders were positive in accepting some of their concerns. “We will see their formal decision paper before deciding to support Pushpa Kamal Dahal,” Gupta, however, maintained.
According to Gupta, Maoist leaders also agreed to take constitution-drafting and peace process simultaneously, as what has been demanded by UMF.
Leaders of UMF assured the Maoists to sit with them for clarifying their final position only after the latter presents its written commitment paper addressing Madhesi issues.

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