Madhav Kumar Nepal likely to win PM polls

May 23rd, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, May 23 (ANI): The Legislature-Parliamentary session of the Constituent Assembly (CA) is all set to elect UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the new prime minister of Nepal.

Only Madhav Kumar Nepal has filed nomination for the scheduled election for the prime minister. With the sole candidacy, the UML nominee backed by 22 other parties will be elected the second prime minister unopposed.

Madhav Kumar Nepal has the support of around 360 lawmakers from 22 political parties, excluding 238 lawmakers from Maoists and two from the CPN (Unified).While Madhav Kumar Nepal is certain to win, the Unified CPN (Maoist) that stepped down from the government has decided to stay away from the election procedure.

Madhav Kumar Nepal was the Deputy Prime Minister in the Nepalese government during the CPN (UML) minority government as well as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. He campaigned for the solution of Nepal Civil War through talks and did not believe that mobilization of the army was the solution.

He was arrested in 2001 during a crackdown on anti-government protest. Following the palace massacre he called for Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to step down, though later joined forces with him to launch a campaign against King Gyanendra’s assumption of executive powers.

On April 12, 2008, Nepal resigned as General Secretary of the CPN (UML) after having lost the Kathmandu-2 seat to Maoist candidate Jhakku Prasad Subedi in the 2008 Constituent Assembly election. Nepal was also defeated in Rautahat-6 constituency by CPN(M) candidate Devendra Patel.

In June 2008, the CPN (UML) proposed that M. K. Nepal become the country’s first President, following the declaration of the country as a republic. (ANI)

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