Maoist chief withdraws from Nepal PM pollBy Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS
Thursday, February 3, 2011
KATHMANDU - In a surprise move, Nepal’s Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda withdrew from the prime ministerial poll Thursday, after striking a last-minute poll alliance with the ruling communists.
Prachanda’s withdrawal paves the way for communist candidate Jhalanath Khanal to become the new prime minister after 16 rounds of fruitless voting.
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