Nepal Elects New Prime Minister

Nepal's parliament has elected a prime minister, ending a deadlock that has lasted since an election two months ago.

Sushil Koirala, the chief for the Nepali Congress party, was elected (with 405 votes of the 605-member parliament) Monday with the support of the communist UML party. It was not immediately clear whether other parties will join the coalition government.

Koirala, 76, is the fourth member of his family to become prime minister. He must now oversee the drafting of a new constitution.

Nepals newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala waves to the media at the Constitution Assembly Hall in Katmandu, Nepal on Feb. 10, 2014. /AP Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Sushil Koirala waves to the media at the Constitution Assembly Hall in Katmandu, Nepal on Feb. 10, 2014. /AP

The previous parliament was supposed to have written a new constitution in 2008 following the end of a decade-long Maoist insurgency and the overthrow of the centuries-old monarchy. However, the legislative body was riven by infighting and never finished its work.

The former Maoist rebels, who have dominated Nepal's politics since joining the mainstream, suffered a stunning defeat in the November polls.

VOA News / Feb. 11, 2014 07:43 KST