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Nepal Fails to Elect PM for 12th Time

Nepal's parliament has failed to elect a new prime minister on its 12th attempt, in a country that has not had a government since June 30 when Madhav Kumar Nepal left the post under pressure from the Maoists.

The lone candidate, Ram Chandra Poudel of the centrist Nepali Congress party, secured just 89 votes Sunday, far short of the majority needed in the 601-seat parliament.

Poudel has been unchallenged since the withdrawal of Maoist party (Unified Communist Party of Nepal) leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

A 2006 peace agreement ended the Maoists' decade-long insurgency and allowed the former rebels to join the government.

They now have a majority in parliament, but not enough seats to govern alone.

Former prime minister Nepal is currently overseeing a caretaker administration.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, Nepalnews and Indian Express