Paudyal (78) is likely to succeed outgoing President Bidya Devi Bhandari as eight parties, Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)-Maoist Centre, CPN-Unified Socialist, Rashtriya Janata Party, Democratic Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Jan Morcha, The Nagrik Immunti Party and the Janmat Party have decided to vote in his favour. Maoist Center Chairman and Prime Minister ‘Prachanda’ has decided to elect a President outside the ruling coalition, in a blow to CPN-UML President KP Sharma Oli.
Serious questions raised about the future of the ruling coalition
The stand of the parties in the presidential election has raised serious questions about the future of the ruling coalition of seven parties. Prime Minister Prachanda offered to support the Nepali Congress candidate for the new President during a meeting. He argued that the election of the Nepali Congress candidate, the largest party in the parliament, is necessary to build a national consensus in the country. All the parties involved in the meeting supported Pranchad’s proposal. According to the rules, during the filing of nomination for the post of President, five members of Parliament are required for a candidate as a proposer and the same number of members are required for the approval of the candidature.
The Nepali President will be elected by 882 candidates, of whom 332 are members of Parliament, while the remaining 550 are members of seven provincial assemblies. The vote value of a member of parliament is 79 while that of a member of provincial assembly is 48 in the presidential election. Senior Nepali Congress leader Prakash Man Singh said that at a meeting of the party’s central executive at the Nepali Congress headquarters on Saturday, it was decided that Paudyal would be the party’s official presidential candidate. Paudyal’s victory is almost certain with the support of eight parties.
Prachanda formed the government with Oli
Meanwhile, Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) has decided to nominate former speaker of parliament Subhash Nembang as its candidate for the top constitutional post. Significantly, Prachanda had formed the government in November last year in alliance with the CPN-UML.