Kathmandu: The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, or CPN-UML, led by veteran communist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, on Sunday staked claim for forming a new coalition government after securing backing from a key Madhesi party, dashing hopes of Maoist chief and caretaker Premier Prachanda to return to power.
Ending the two-week-long political deadlock, the CPN-UML, which also has the support from the second largest party Nepali Congress (NC), submitted signatures of 346 members from over 20 parties in the 601-strong constituent assembly to the House chairman Subhas Nemwang. A simple majority requires support of 301 members.
Nepal’s party said it has also received “verbal assurance” of support from CPN-United, which has five MPs. CPN-UML has 108 seats while Nepali Congress led by former Premier Girija Prasad Koirala has 112.