New rules for election of PM
The Nepalese parliament has approved a new set of election rules in an attempt to break the deadlock to elect a Prime Minister.
Previously a candidate required a majority of all MPs to be elected. After 17 attempts with many MPs abstaining or staying away an impasse had been reached. As a result a five man committee was set up to come up with the new rules which were passed today.
The new rules allow for a candidate to be elected by a majority of MPs present. MPs must attend and cannot abstain, but they can now vote against a candidate. Where two or more candidates stand then a clear majority must be reached with a second round being held and the bottom candidate removed from the ballot if no-one achieves a majority.