Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala was elected prime minister of Nepal on Monday, The Hindu reports.
Koirala, the sole contestant in the premier race, got 405 of the 553 votes cast, with 148 members voting against him.
Quoting agencies, The Hindu adds:
Veteran Nepali Congress leader Sushil Koirala was elected prime minister of Nepal on Monday with the support of the CPN-UML, ending months of political instability following last year’s elections.
As many as 148 lawmakers from UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and some small parties in the Maoist-led alliance voted against 75-year-old Koirala.
After voting, Parliament Speaker Surya Bahadur Thapa declared that Koirala had secured the majority. The announcement was followed by applause inside the hall.
Koirala is scheduled to be sworn-in by the president later on Monday. He is also expected to announce a small cabinet and continue negotiations with other political parties to join his coalition government.
The standing committee of the CPN-UML - the second largest party which has 173 lawmakers - backed Mr. Koirala for the top post after the party reached a six-point deal with the NC, which as 194 lawmakers.
The two largest parties in the Constituent Assembly inked the deal Sunday after several rounds of negotiations on the issue of power sharing.
Under the six-point agreement, they agreed to promulgate the new constitution within a year and to hold elections for the posts of president, vice president and chairman of the Constituent Assembly after it approves the new constitution.
The agreement also mentioned taking ownership of the past agreements of the dissolved Constituent Assembly regarding the drafting of the constitution.
The CPN-UML had earlier pressed for new elections for president and vice president. However, after reaching a power sharing deal, the party agreed to support Koirala as Prime Minister.