Nepal PM poll deferred

Nepalese lawmakers will meet on August 23 for the crucial fifth round of Parliament vote for a new prime minister, further prolonging a leadership vacuum in the country following the failure of Maoist supremo Prachanda and his Nepali Congress rival to garner a majority.

More than seven weeks after the 22-party coalition led by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal collapsed, the planned fifth run-off poll on Wednesday was not expected to throw up a clear winner in the 601-member Constituent Assembly. Parliament Business Advisory Committee scheduled the fifth round of the election of prime minister at 3 pm on August 23.

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