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Nepal PM election deferred to Tuesday

The much anticipated elections to elect a new Prime Minister in Nepal, which was supposed to take place on Sunday, has now been deferred to Tuesday.

Jun 4, 2017
The much anticipated elections to elect a new Prime Minister in Nepal, which was supposed to take place on Sunday, has now been deferred to Tuesday.  
 
The postponement took place after the main opposition CPN-UML warned of obstructing Parliament in protest against the Election Commission's decision to conduct re-election in Ward-19 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City in Chitwan district.
 
The Parliament meeting was scheduled to conduct voting to pick a new Prime Minister. Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba is the only candidate running for the PM’s post. Deuba has received support of majority votes. The CPN-UML has been demanding the election body resume counting of votes in Bharatpur Metropolitan City after it was stalled since the night of May 28 when two Maoist cadres tore up ballot papers at the counting centre when counting was underway. 
 
Later on Thursday it was found that as many as 90 ballot papers were torn when they were counted in the presence of election authorities and party representatives. CPN-UML’s mayoral candidate Devi Gyawali was leading Maoist Centre’s Renu Dahal, daughter of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, when the incident occurred, resulting in the suspension of counting.

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