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Voting for post of Nepali PM to take place Wednesday

07-20-2010 14:20 BJT

KATHMANDU, July 20 (Xinhua) -- While Nepali political parties are all set to file their nominations racing for prime minister by Tuesday, officials at the Parliament Secretariat are in a fix over the date for the poll run-up if none of the candidates secures a majority in the election scheduled for Wednesday.

According to Tuesday's The Kathmandu Post daily, the contenders eyeing the country's top post should secure 300 votes from the existing 599 lawmakers.

As of Monday evening, according to leaders involved in talks, the picture was still "unclear" as to who will lead a new government.

Among the parties claiming the post, the Nepali Congress has nominated Ram Chandra Poudel as its candidate. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M), the Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and Madhes-based parties are yet to name their candidates.

The Parliament Secretariat will publish the final list of candidates by 5:30 p.m. (1645 GMT) on Tuesday. The House is scheduled to start voting at 11 a.m. (0515 GMT) on Wednesday.

"If none of the candidates secures a simple majority, the House will fix a new date for the run-off election and continue vote until one of the nominees gets elected," said spokesman of the Parliament Secretariat Mukunda Sharma.

The caretaker government led by Madhav Kumar Nepal will continue in office in such a case. In that case, the Business Advisory Committee of the parliament would fix the date for the second phase of election, he said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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