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Nepal's new coalition government sworn in

Nepal's new coalition government was sworn in late Tuesday after weeks of squabbling over power sharing, potentially paving the way to stability for the Himalayan nation. Ministers from the Nepali Congress and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party, which swept the polls last November, took the oath before President Ram Baran Yadav during a ceremony at his residence. "The swearing-in ceremony has been completed. The government will include ministers from both, Nepali Congress and UML," Rajendra Dahal, press adviser to the president, told AFP.

Nepal's new coalition government sworn in

Nepal's new coalition government was sworn in late Tuesday after weeks of squabbling over power sharing, potentially paving the way to stability for the Himalayan nation. Ministers from the Nepali Congress and the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party, which swept the polls last November, took the oath before President Ram Baran Yadav during a ceremony at his residence. "The swearing-in ceremony has been completed. The government will include ministers from both, Nepali Congress and UML," Rajendra Yadav, press adviser to the president, told AFP.

Nepal parliament elects Sushil Koirala as new PM

Nepal's parliament elected Sushil Koirala as prime minister on Monday, raising hopes of ending a prolonged political crisis and finally restoring stability to the war-torn Himalayan nation. Koirala, 75, the president of the country's largest and oldest party, won a majority of votes cast in the constituent assembly. "Sushil Koirala has secured 405 of 553 votes cast at the election today. Therefore, Koirala has secured a majority of votes of the members of the parliament," said its speaker Surya Bahadur Thapa.

Nepal makes headway in path to choose new PM

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Social democrat Sushil Koirala was named as candidate for the Himalayan nation's prime minister by the Nepali Congress party on Sunday, clearing a major hurdle for the formation of a new government two months after an election. The party emerged as the biggest political group in the November election for a constituent assembly which also works as the parliament. But a new government has not been formed yet amid a row within the party over who should be the new leader.

Nepal Congress president Koirala becomes frontrunner in premier race

Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala was elected parliamentary party leader on Sunday, a position that makes him the clear front-runner in the race for Nepal's prime ministership. Nepali Congress emerged from November's general election as the No. 1 party in parliament, and its parliamentary leader will become the party's candidate to lead a new government.

Nepal Congress president Koirala becomes frontrunner in premier race

Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala was elected parliamentary party leader on Sunday, a position that makes him the clear front-runner in the race for Nepal's prime ministership. Nepali Congress emerged from November's general election as the No. 1 party in parliament, and its parliamentary leader will become the party's candidate to lead a new government.

Nepal top court rules out new presidential election

Nepal's Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that there is no need to elect a new president, settling a row among political parties on whether incumbent President Ram Baran Yadav's tenure ended in November when a new assembly was elected, a court spokesman said Friday. In its ruling, the court said Yadav, who has been in power since 2008, is constitutionally entitled to stay in his job until a new constitution is promulgated, court spokesman Shree Kanta Poudel told Kyodo News. He said the same goes for Vice President Paramananda Jha.

Nepal's long-delayed parliament set for first meeting

Nepalese lawmakers begin a new push Wednesday to finally agree on a constitution that can deliver stability to the Himalayan nation, still divided by the legacy of a decade-long civil war. A newly-elected constituent assembly will convene in Kathmandu, nearly a month after the former ruling Maoist party dropped a boycott threat, raising hopes of breaking a prolonged deadlock within a year as promised by lawmakers.

Nepal's newly elected lawmakers sworn in

Nepal's newly elected 575 lawmakers were sworn in Tuesday by the eldest lawmaker Surya Bahadur Thapa, the parliament secretariat said. Thapa himself was sworn in as assembly chair on Monday by President Ram Baran Yadav. The formal session of the assembly will convene Wednesday.

Nepal's pro-monarchy, pro-Hindu party splits

A pro-monarchy and pro-Hindu party that garnered the fourth-largest number of seats in Nepal's newly elected constituent assembly split on Monday due to disgruntlement over the handing out of the party's seats won through proportional representation. Over 40 percent of central committee members of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal announced a splinter group and applied to the Election Commission for registration of a new party named the Nepali Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Election Commission spokesman Bir Bahadur Rai told Kyodo News.
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