Nepal Parliament to elect new PM on July 21: Speaker
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:18
  
Kathmandu: Nepalese lawmakers will elect a new Prime Minister on July 21 following a direction by President Ram Baran Yadav to form a majority government after they failed to reach a consensus on a leader.

Subas Nembang, the Speaker of the 601-member Constituent Assembly, which functions as the country's parliament, said the election for the new Prime Minister would be held on July 21 at 11 AM in the full meeting of the House.

"I have decided to hold the election for next PM at 11 AM on July 21," Nembang was quoted as saying by the Himalayan Times online today.

Ahead of announcing the date of the election, the Speaker read out the message sent by the President. It asked the Parliament to form a majority government as per Article 38 (2) of the Interim Constitution as the parties were unable to form a national consensus government within the extended timeframe, the report said.

In an attempt to end the political instability plaguing Nepal, the President yesterday asked the parties to form a majority government after they failed to reach a consensus on a new Prime Minister.

In a letter to the Parliament, Yadav directed the political parties to form a majority government as per Article 38(2) of the Interim Constitution.

He asked the Parliament to start the process of electing a Prime Minister through majority vote from among the 601 members of the parliament.

As the second deadline set by the President to form a consensus government expired, the process of forming a majority government would start as per the Article 38 (2) of the constitution, the President's Press adviser Rajendra Dahal said.

The support of at least 301 members is needed to form a majority government in the 601 member House.

Earlier, the President had called on the political parties to form a consensus government as per the Article 38 (1) of the Interim Constitution.

The political crisis in Nepal deepened after a crucial meeting of the three major parties -- main Opposition UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the key alliance partners in the caretaker government-- yesterday failed to agree on a name for the post of the Prime Minister based on consensus.

President Yadav set a July 7 deadline to suggest a name for the post of the Prime Minister based on consensus following the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on June 30. However, the failure of the parties to meet the deadline forced him to extend it to July 12.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 20:18


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