Nepal House to hold 17th run-off poll for new PM on Jan 12

Nepal’s Parliament will hold the crucial 17th round of election for a new PM on January 12.

Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 20:13 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Parliament will hold
the crucial 17th round of election for a new Prime Minister on
January 12, with Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudyal as
the sole candidate.

The Business Advisory Committee of the Parliament
decided to hold the election on January 12 at 2 p.m. as the
winter session of the Parliament began today.

During a series of run-off poll in the last six
months, Poudyal has failed to secure majority in the
601-member Constituent Assembly.

This time, however, the Prime Ministerial election
will be decisive. The Supreme Court has given directive to the
Parliament Speaker to make the election meaningful.

After the court’s directive, the Speaker has ruled
that no lawmaker who is present in Parliament can remain
neutral during the crucial voting.

If majority of lawmakers or 300 of them voted against
Poudyal during the 17th round of election, Nepali Congress
will withdraw from the election on moral ground, said a senior
party leader on condition of anonymity.

In such a circumstances, a fresh round of election
will be held for a new leader.

The crucial run-off polls for the prime minister comes
amid speculation that the Maoists may embark on a `people’s
revolt` and capture power as the United Nations Mission in
Nepal (UNMIN) prepares for its exit on January 15.

Karin Landgren, the Chief of the United Nations
Mission in Nepal, sparked fresh controversy after she spoke
about fears of the Maoists going for another revolt and the
President stepping in for a presidential rule.

Both Maoist chief Prachanda and President Ram Baran
Yadav have, however, denied the speculations, saying that
there was no such possibility.