Nepalese seek to appoint new prime minister


The 17th attempt to elect the 34th Prime Minister of Nepal is likely to take place on 12th January.  The new Parliamentary session starts on 9th January.

The election was caused by the resignation of Madhav Kumar Nepal (Communist Party of Nepal) on 30th June 2010.  He stated that he wanted to see an end to the political deadlock as well as moving the peace process forward.

The current candidate is Ram Chandra Paodel of the Nepali Congress.  To be elected Prime Minister a candidate needs to get a majority of the votes in the Congress, in this case 301 of 599 MPs.  In previous rounds there have been insufficient votes because of lawmakers either abstaining or staying away from the vote.

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