(English) Koirala set to become new premier

Sushil Koirala/ File photo.
Sushil Koirala/ File photo.

KATHMANDU, Nepal–Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala is all set to become prime minister of the country as being the sole candidate for the prime ministerial poll to be held on Monday in newly elected CA building which also acts as parliament.

The CPN-UML, the second largest party in Parliament has already decided to extend its support to a government led by Koirala.

Earlier, ending weeks-long debate over power-sharing between the two largest parties — the NC and CPN-UML — top guns from the two parties made a seven-point deal to pave the way for forming Koirala-led government.

NC vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel proposed Koirala as candidate for prime minister and KP Oli, parliamentary party leader of the CPN-UML had endorsed the proposal.

After registering his nomination papers, Koirala expressed his commitment delivering a new constitution within a year. “It is my strong promise that we will able to come up with such a draft by six months and will promulgate a new constitution by a year,” Koirala told media on Sunday after emerging from the newly elected CA which also act as country’s parliament.

The 74-year-old Koirala, who is single, also considered as “Mr Clean” and has never assumed public post so far. Koirala who belongs to Nepal’s famous Koirala dynasty has been deeply involved in the country’s democratic struggle and spent several years in jail.

The last CA was formed in 2008 however; it failed to promulgate a new constitution even after repeated extensions of its tenure and was dissolved in 2012.

NC became the largest party in the Assembly after November 19 polls followed by CPN-UML with a few margin of seats and United Maoist in the far distant third position.

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