US asks Nepal to agree on govt formation and move ahead

Nepal Constituent Assembly will launche a second bid to elect a PM today.

Washington: As the Nepal Constituent Assembly launches a second bid to elect a Prime Minister on Friday, the US has appealed to the political parties of that country to reach an agreement on government formation for the sake of stability and economic development.

"We urge Nepal`s political leaders to reach agreement on a government that will move forward quickly on the issues that are essential for Nepal`s stability and economic development, the completion of the peace process, and drafting of a new Constitution," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

Both Maoist chief Prachanda and Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudel had failed to secure a simple majority in the CA vote on Wednesday.

"We note that the Nepali Parliament held elections for a new prime minister yesterday; no candidate won a majority," he said.

Crowley noted that the Parliament was now scheduled to meet on Friday to vote again to elect a new Prime Minister.


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