Maoist chief set to become PM

Kathmandu—Nepal’s former Maoist rebel chief Prachanda looked set to become prime minister after no other candidate emerged on Tuesday, raising hopes that his government, the 24th in 26 years, would be more stable than its predecessors. The election of a new prime minister, due in parliament on Wednesday, became necessary after K.P. Oli resigned last month just before a no-confidence motion brought by the Maoists who accused him of reneging on a power-sharing deal. Parliament spokesman Bharat Raj Gautam said no competitors had come forward to challenge Prachanda’s candidacy as nominations closed on Tuesday.—Reuters

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