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Nepal fails to elect new PM for 5th time
KATHMANDU, AUG 23 (Agencies):
Published on 23 Aug. 2010 10:36 PM IST
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One after another Nepal’s House has encountered failure to elect new Prime Minister again even for fifth attempt as both candidates -- Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) Chairman Prachanda and Nepali Congress (NC) Vice-Chairman Ramchandra Paudel failed to get majority votes in the fifth run-off election on Monday.
The UCPN-M, Chairman got only 246 votes in his favor and 111 votes against him. Similarly, 206 lawmakers abstained.
Similarly, his rival candidate NC Vice-Chairman Paudel got only 124 votes in his favor and 243 votes against him, while 200 remained abstain.
According to Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007, candidate must get majority votes -- 300 votes out of 601 lawmakers in the Parliament to win the election. Currently, two seats are vacant in the House as one lawmaker died and one resigned.
Earlier, both of the candidates had failed to garner simple majority in previous five run-off elections since July 21.
After third largest party Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), an alliance of four Madhes-based parties which commands 82 seats in Parliament decided to remain abstain from voting, both candidates are not being able to muster simple majority votes. The UCPN-M upholds 238, NC upholds 119 and CPN-UML upholds 109 seats respectively in the Parliament.
According to the existing regulations of the Nepal’s House require that voting be carried out ad infinitum unless one of the two candidates gets a clear simple majority or chooses to back out.
However, major political parties have sped up holding bilateral and multilateral meetings to forge consensus among major parties and break prime ministerial poll standoff.
The prime ministerial poll started since caretaker prime minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned from his post on June 30.

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