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Nepal's parliament has elected a new prime minister, raising hopes of a political breakthrough
Agence France Presse - February 10, 2014
Mr Koirala, 75, the president of the country's largest and oldest party, won a majority of votes cast in the constituent assembly.
"Sushil Koirala has secured 405 of 553 votes cast at the election today. Therefore, Koirala has secured a majority of votes of the members of the parliament," said its speaker Surya Bahadur Thapa.
Mr Koirala's election is expected to pave the way for the formation of a new coalition government, breaking months of deadlock following elections in November last year.
The vote came after his Nepali Congress party secured backing from the rival Unified Marxist-Leninist party for Monday's vote, after negotiations about a power-sharing agreement over the weekend.