President gives parties a week to form new government in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal — Nepal’s president on Sunday called on the country’s political parties to try to form a new government within a week after last month’s inconclusive national election.
The ruling alliance, led by the Nepali Congress party of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, and the main opposition Nepal Communist Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party need the support of smaller groups to form a new government.
Nepal, a country of 30 million people that issqueezed between China and India, has seen 10 government changes since the abolition of its 239-year-old monarchy in 2008.
The political instability has hit economic growth and spooked investors.
The ruling alliance secured 136 seats in the election, two less than the required majority of 138 in the 275-member House of Representatives. The UML and its allies won 92 seats.
A statement from President Bidhya Devi Bhandari’s office said: “Any member of the House of Representatives, who can command the majority with the support of two or more parties” should stake a claim for being appointed as prime minister by 5 p.m. local time on December 25. ( Agencies )