Ram Baran orders vote on new PM
President Ram Baran Yadav has ordered parliament to set in place the process for the election of a new prime minister. The previous prime minister Jhalanath Khanal resigned on 14th August after failing to make any headway on moving forward the five point peace agreement or delivering a draft constitution; he had been in office for just six months.
The president had called upon the political parties to work towards a coalition government but after extending the deadline no agreement was reached.
The election for the prime minister requires more than half of the 601 MPs to vote for one candidate. So far there have been 18 rounds of voting for various candidates since the Constituent Assembly elections of 10th April 2008.