Saturday, July 19, 2008

No Nepali president candidate won simple majority

KATHMANDU, July 19 (Xinhua) -- No Nepali president candidate won simple majority support from Constituent Assembly (CA) members in Saturday's elections, local TV channel Avenues reported.

However, the vice president candidate from the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) Parmananda Jha has won over half seats. He will be the first vice president of the youngest republic in the world.

According to the report, Ram Baran Yadav proposed by the Nepali Congress bagged 294 seats which was 4 seats less to get simple majority support, while Ram Raja Prasad Singh proposed by the single largest party, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for presidential post, won 283 CA members' support.

The report also said the election committee of the CA was recounting the votes and results were expected to be formally declared later on Saturday.

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