Votes counted in Nepal, but new government could take a few days IG News

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has completed counting votes cast in its Nov. 20 parliamentary election, an election official said Wednesday, in elections that will ultimately determine the next prime minister.

But the formation of the new government may take a few days as no single party has got majority in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the parliament.

Election Commission spokesman Guru Wagle said on Wednesday that all votes have been counted and the results are being sent to political parties. Once the new House is convened, the Prime Minister is elected with the support of at least half of the total members.

The Lower House of Nepal has a total of 275 members, of whom 165 are directly elected and the remaining 110 are elected by political parties, with seats being allocated in proportion to the votes they receive.

The ruling Nepali Congress of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba got the maximum number of votes. Its coalition of five parties, which announced in a statement earlier this week that they would continue their partnership, won 135 seats. He needs only two more members to have a majority in the new house.

Deuba is likely to retain his role as his party has the highest number of elected members.

The final result is likely to take a few more days as the parties have to finalize the 110 seats allotted through the proportional election system.

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