Nepali President orders Parliament to elect new Prime Minister

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 25, 2011 07:00 hrs

Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav has ordered the country's Parliament to initiate procedures to elect a new Prime Minister through voting.

Yadav's decision comes after the main political parties failed to agree on a coalition government.

The President had earlier set a Sunday deadline for the parties to form a coalition government with representatives from each group.

He extended that deadline by three days - till Wednesday afternoon-, but they were unable to reach a consensus.

Yadav made the call in a letter to the parliament secretariat, as per the Interim Constitution, Xinhua reports.

Nepali Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal had resigned on August 14 under pressure from opposition parties and a section of his Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist party leaders.

Khanal was elected Prime Minster on February 3, 2011 after 17 rounds of polls in the Parliament. (ANI)

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