Nepal's new PM, elected on 17th attempt, sworn in

February 6, 2011 14:15


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KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's new prime minister — elected by parliament after months of failed attempts — was sworn in Sunday but was unable to name a Cabinet because of continuing negotiations with his main coalition partner over key positions.

Jhalnath Khanal was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav at a ceremony in Katmandu. He was chosen by parliament on Thursday, seven months and 17 attempts after the last government resigned amid sometimes violent protests.

Discussions on a new Cabinet between leaders of Khanal's Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) and its main coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), have not yielded an agreement.

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