Nepal parliament prepares to elect new prime minister

Nepal's parliament announced Monday that it would elect a new prime minister later this week, after the resignation of Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli following criticism of his administration and a period of political turmoil.

The call to elect a new premier came from President Bidhya Devi Bhandari after talks to find a consensus candidate failed. The parliamentary secretariat called for the gathering to take place on Wednesday.

Oli resigned on July 24 minutes before a no-confidence vote in parliament that he was expected to lose after a key party withdrew support from the coalition government. His government has since continued in a caretaker capacity.

He became prime minister in October, with Maoist party support.

His coalition partner, Unified Maoist, pulled out of the government however and proposed the no-confidence motion against the government along with the key opposition party, Nepali Congress.

Parliamentarians from Nepali Congress previously said that the government needed to step down because it had proved itself to be "inept."

The government has shown significant delays in dealing with the reconstruction process in the aftermath of severe earthquakes in the Himalayan country, as well as issues related to implementing its new constitution.

Oli's administration came under fire for being unable to address the demands of the Madheshi community in the south, who waged a month of protests against the new constitution last year and imposed a border blockade. At least 50 people were killed in the protests.

Last update: Mon, 01/08/2016 - 14:58
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