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CPN-UML names Oli as Nepal's next Prime Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

The CPN-UML today KP as the next of Nepal, a of the party said, over two months after the successful conclusion of historic parliamentary polls.

Oli, 65, served as the country's from October 11, 2015 to August 3, 2016. He is known for his pro-stance.

A (SC) of the party held in Lalitpur named as the prime ministerial candidate as he is also the leader, senior party said.

As the of the largest party in the House of Representative, is the natural claimant for the top post. He, however, requires support from the Maoists to secure a majority.

The meeting decided to officially claim formation of the next with the support from Maoist Centre led by

The SC also gave the nod to a formal merger between the CPN-UML and the Maoist Centre.

The two communist parties had months ago made a decision to jointly contest the Parliamentary and provincial elections.

According to the deal, Maoist Center will be co-chairs of the new and split the premiership on a rotational basis, Pandey said.

Modalities for the rotation of the premiership, merger of the parties, and the organisation and political doctrine of the new party will be decided by forming a task force by both parties.

The process of formation and merger of the parties will go hand in hand, Pandey said.

The of the CPN-UML, led by Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre had in December secured 174 seats in the 275-member Parliament in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls that many hope will bring much-needed political stability to the nation.

It had also secured an overwhelming majority in the of Parliament with 39 seats, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the country's next

The elections were the first under Nepal's new post-war Constitution promulgated in 2015, which turned the country into a federal democratic republic devolving significant power from the centre to the seven provinces.

The Constitution has stipulated for a bicameral federal legislature comprising the and the

The for the was held in two phases on November 26 and December 7. There are a total of 275 seats in the whereas the (the Upper House) has 59 members.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 00:10 IST