Kathmandu, May 17 (ANI): Veteran communist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal is all set to become new Prime Minister of Nepal after getting the backing of 22 of the 24 parliamentary parties.
Twenty two parties including the Nepali Congress, the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MFJ), the Terai Madhesh Loktantrik Party, the Nepal Sadbhawana Party, the Rastriya Prajatantra Party and the CPN-United have submitted the signatures of the lawmakers informing the CA chairman that they support Nepal as the Prime Minister of the new coalition government.
MJF, the fourth largest party in 601-member CA, finally decided to support UML-led alliance for the formation of the new government.
A party needs the support of 301 lawmakers to form a government.
Nepal, a former Deputy Prime Minister and chief of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist (UML) for 15 years, on Sunday presented his claim to the chairman of the constituent assembly, Subhash Nembang, showing the support of 350 MPs, well ahead of the 302 he needs to win simple majority in the 601-member house.
Even as the major parties pledged their support, the Maoists, the largest party in the house, called up a "sea of people" at the heart of the capital in an impressive show of might, where they turned their guns on Nepal, the other parties and India.
Madhav Kumar Nepal owes his success to former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, who declined the top job when it was offered to him this week by the Maoists. (ANI)