24 May 2009

Communist leader elected PM in Nepal

7:03 am on 24 May 2009

The leader of the Communist Party of Nepal has been elected in parliament as the country's new prime minister.

The BBC reports Madhav Kumar Nepal, 56, was the only candidate.

Former Maoist Prime Minister, Prachanda, resigned on 4 May after a decision by President Ram Baran Yadav to veto an attempt to dismiss the head of the army.

Mr Nepal was last week named the candidate of an alliance of 22 parties, which have 350 members in the 601-seat assembly. The composition of a new cabinet is yet to be finalised.

The Maoists came to power last year after declaring an end to a decade-long armed struggle and became the largest party in parliament in a subsequent general election.