Nepali Congress begins talks for formation of consensus government

Posted on Nov 29 2013 - 1:17pm by Harsha Iyer

Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has begun formal discussions to form a consensus government in the Himalayan state. He is deliberating with the leaders of other political parties over the issue. The Party has emerged the single largest group in the 601 Constituent assembly by winning 105 direct seats.

It is likely to get 91 seats in the proportional representation based on vote share. CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal who have already met formally after the counting process and said the Nepali Congress should lead the next government. The party has also agreed that new government to include as many political parties as possible.

The CPN-UML which won 91 direct seats is likely to get 84, while theUCPN (Maoist ) with 26 direct seats will likely get 54 proportionate seats with the formal announcement is still to be made. Meanwhile the Election Commission is to allocate proportionate seats to the parties according to the percentage of votes received once the threshold limit is decided.

A formal letter is being sent to the political parties on Sunday. 122 parties are in contest for 335 proportionate seats . Polling for the second Constituent Assembly was held on 19th of this month. The UCPN (maoist ) which emerged the largest party in the earlier Assembly comes third in both the direct and proportionate voting. Madhesi parties also did not fare well in the current elections.

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