Nepal to elect new PM on May 23

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Kathmandu, May 22: The advisory committee on parliamentary procedures has decided to hold the election for new prime minister of Nepal on Saturday, May 23.

During the meeting on Thursday, May 21, the committee has also handed over the authority to speaker Subas Nemwang to decide the issue of Maoist's resolution against the president's decision to block the government decision to sack the army chief.

Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Maoist parliamentary leader said, "the committee has also decided to hold election for the new Prime Minister on Saturday, May 23." Meanwhile, caretaker Pushpa kamla Dahal Prachanda , prime minister of Nepal cancelled his prescheduled address to the parliament as the parties failed to reach understanding on the resolution tabled by the Unified CPN (Maoist) against the president's move.

Prachanda deferred his address as the Nepali Congress, the UML and other parties reiterated that the House cannot take up the resolution on the president's move as the Supreme Court is to give its decision on a case against it. On the other hand, the Maoist side refused to withdraw the resolution.

Earlier, during a meeting with the speaker Nemwang, Prachanda agreed to allow the House proceedings on the condition that the House takes up the resolution.

The Nepal news reported that the resolution has already been registered at the parliament secretariat, but it will be officially tabled at the parliament only after the approval of the speaker. The Speaker said that he would take decision after consultation with the advisory committee.

ANI

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