Members of Nepalese Constituent Assembly again failed to elect a Prime Minister for the fifth time. The latest round of voting took place yesterday and stalemate did not finish. The next round of voting is going to take place on 5 September 2010.
The two rival candidates for the post of the Prime Minister are Maoist
chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and former deputy prime minister Ram Chandra Poudel of the Nepali Congress. Yesterday, Mr. Prachanda managed 246 votes and fell short of 55 votes while Ram Chandra Poudel got 124 votes.
The main problem is that the third largest and the fourth largest groups in the parliament are not voting for any candidate. A candidate must get at least 301 votes (the parliament has 601 seats) to be elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Until at least leaders of Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) or United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) groups decide to vote, there is no possibility to have a solution to the problem.
UDMF leaders are demanding for greater rights for the people of Madhesi region. However, none of the two rival candidates are eager to agree to the demands of UDMF as it may not go well with other political parties.