Nepal Communist chief Jhalanath Khanal elected PM

Ending a 7-month deadlock, Jhalanath Khanal was elected the PM of Nepal.

Kathmandu: Nepal Communist Party President
Jhalanath Khanal was on Thursday elected the Prime Minister of the
country, ending the seven-month deadlock over the formation of
a new government after Maoist supremo Prachanda quit the race
in his favour in a last minute deal.

60-year-old Khanal, leader of the Communist Party of
Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), secured 368 of the 557 votes
cast in the 601-member Parliament, the speaker announced.

Kathmandu: Nepal Communist Party President
Jhalanath Khanal was on Thursday elected the Prime Minister of the
country, ending the seven-month deadlock over the formation of
a new government after Maoist supremo Prachanda quit the race
in his favour in a last minute deal.

60-year-old Khanal, leader of the Communist Party of
Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), secured 368 of the 557 votes
cast in the 601-member Parliament, the speaker announced.

Earlier Poudyal had failed to garner a majority in 16
rounds of voting, forcing him to quit the race.

The political crisis has been hugely damaging for
Nepal, which is still reeling from its decade of civil war
that ended in 2006. The standoff has delayed the drafting of a
new constitution and conclusion of the peace process.

PTI