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Nepal's Parliament to elect new PM after breakthrough

Published on Feb 10, 2014 5:56 AM
Mr Sushil Koirala, Chairman and parliamentary party leader for the Nepali Congress Party, greeting supporters from his vehicle as he leaves after filing his nomination for the post of prime minister in Kathmandu on Feb 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Veteran politician Sushil Koirala is set to become Nepal's new prime minister on Monday, Feb 10, 2014, following a political breakthrough that ended months of deadlock and raised hopes for stability in the war-torn Himalayan nation.

Mr Koirala, 75, is expected to win a vote in the Constituent Assembly after a rival party pledged its backing as part of a power-sharing agreement secured with his Nepali Congress at the weekend.

Mr Koirala's election is expected to pave the way for the formation of a new coalition government charged with ending a prolonged political crisis that has crippled Nepal's economy.

"Koirala has filed his candidacy for the post of prime minister. He is the sole candidate," Parliament secretariat spokesman Mukunda Sharma told Agence France-Presse.

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