kathmandu: Communist Party of Nepal MLA Dev Raj Ghimire was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He got 167 votes. According to The Kathmandu Post, the motion to elect the CPN-UML legislator received 167 votes.
At least 100 votes were cast against Dev Raj Ghimire, while one MP abstained. Only 138 votes were needed for victory in the 275-member lower house.
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Pashupati Shamsher Rana, the oldest MP who presided over the meeting as the Speaker, said, “I declare the majority support to the motion to elect Ghimire as the Speaker.” According to the Kathmandu Post, Ghimire’s candidacy was proposed by UML vice-chairman Subas Nembang and seconded by CPN (Maoist Centre) legislator Hitraj Pandey, Rashtriya Swatantra Party chairman Rabi Lamichhane and Rashtriya Prajatantra Party chairman Rajendra Lingden.
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