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New PM likely by 3 August

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Kathmandu, July 28, 2016: Twelve days after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s resignation, the country is likely to get its 39th PM. Parliament Secretariat has internally prepared for PM’s election on 3 or 4 August.

In accordance with Article 298, clause 2, of the Constitution, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called on parties to build a consensus government within seven days. The House will start majority voting process provided the parties are unable to choose the PM within that time.

With consensus government’s possibility extremely unlikely, parties have been preparing to select the PM through majority process. The scheduled meeting of parliament on 1 August will start selection of PM if there is no consensus.

Deputy Spokesperson of Parliament Secretariat Sudarshan Kuinkel told Lokaantar that PM election is likely to be held on 3 or 4 August.

President Bhandari on 25 July had called on parties to form consensus government. As per Section 49, sub-rule 2 of Parliamentary Regulations, PM’s election will be held on the day and time fixed by the Speaker if consensus is not forged.

NCP (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda is preparing to become the next PM with support from Nepali Congress and other small parties.