MP Dev Raj Ghimire elected Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nepal | Asia-TBD

MP Dev Raj Ghimire was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nepal. (Source: The Kathmandu Post)

MP Dev Raj Ghimire of the opposition United Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Nepal (UML), has become the new chairman of the House of Representatives of Nepal.

In the January 19 vote, Ghimire received 167 votes out of 268 MPs present, far exceeding the required 138 votes.

Presiding over the session, the oldest MP Pashupati Shumsher Rana announced: “Congressman Dev Raj Ghimire has been elected. Chairman of the House with 167 votes in favor.”

According to the Constitution of Nepal, the House of Representatives must elect the President and Vice President within 15 days after the legislature convenes its first session.

The first session of this session of parliament took place on January 9, which is nearly 2 months after the general election on November 20, 2022.

Voting to elect the Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives is scheduled for January 21.

[Chủ tịch Quốc hội Vương Đình Huệ gặp Chủ tịch Quốc hội Nepal]

Nepal’s lower house of parliament has 12 parties with 275 seats, but neither party has a majority.

The main parties negotiated the formation of a new coalition government led by the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal68 years old, from the CPN-Maoist party, is at the top.

According to the agreement between the parties, Mr. Dahal will be at the top coalition government in Nepal for the first half of a five-year term, then will step down in 2025 to make way for a UML representative to take over at that time.

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