Nepal's three major political parties have failed to reach a consensus on who should be the country's first president.
The parties were scrambling Thursday to nominate their own candidates ahead of Saturday's presidential vote in Nepal's new constituent assembly.
The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, which won the most seats in April's election of the assembly, has selected Ramraja Singh for the ceremonial position.
The Nepali Congress party was pushing for former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. And Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist wanted their leader, Madhav Kumar Nepal, named to the post. The Maoists rejected both, saying the position should go to someone from a smaller political party.
Nepal has been in political limbo since May, when lawmakers voted to abolish the centuries-old monarchy and establish the country as a republic.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and