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Will form next govt in Nepal by end of month: Left alliance

Kathmandu: The alliance of Nepal's main Communist parties on tuesday said it will form the next government by the end of the month, after winning a majority in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls.
The alliance has so far bagged 113 seats out of a total 165 under the first-past-the-post system. The CPN-UML has secured 77 seats followed by CPN-Maoist with 36 seats while Nepali Congress is third with 21 seats. The results of only five seats remain to be declared. "The new Left government in Nepal will be formed by the end of December with the Election Commission officially publishing the results of all the winning candidates in provincial assembly as well as House of Representatives," said Bishnu Rijal, spokesperson of the CPN-UML election mobilisation committee.
The House of Representatives consists of 275 members, of which 165 would be elected directly under the first-past-the- post system while the remaining 110 will come through the proportional representation system.
The parties will intensify work on party unification and government formation once the leaders of CPN-Maoist Centre and CPN-UML - former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and K P Oli - who are now in their home districts to hold victory rallies, return to the capital, Rijal said.
CPN-UML chairman Oli is expected to lead the Left alliance government to be formed in a couple of weeks.
The CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist have forged an electoral alliance for the landmark polls, which is seen as a turning point after two decades of conflict and political instability in Nepal. The poll outcome is expected to mark the end of Nepal's transition to a federal democracy, 11 years after the end of a brutal civil war in 2006. Since then, the Himalayan nation has seen 10 prime ministers.
Meanwhile, the Left alliance is inching towards a clear majority to form a new government with more election results coming in. According to the EC, the vote counting under the proportional category will conclude by mid-December. The combined strength of the two Madhesi parties has reached 21, with RJPN securing 11 seats and FSFN winning 10, ensuring that they will now have a stronger presence in Parliament.
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