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Mahara elected unopposed to post of Speaker

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KATHMANDU — CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been elected the Speaker of House of Representatives, the lower house of the bicameral federal parliament of Nepal, unopposed as he was the only candidate to file nomination for the post.

However, an official announcement of the election will be made on Saturday.

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Earlier today, Mahara had reached the Federal Parliament building at around 11:20 am to to register his candidacy that was supported by CPN-UML leader and former Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang, and seconded by Maoist Centre leader Dev Gurung.

The main opposition Nepali Congress did not field any candidate on behalf of the party to vie for the post.

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PM Oli leaves for New York

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma has left for New York leading the Nepali delegation to the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. PM Oli is accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya.

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, among others were present to see him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Deputy PM Pokhrel will officiate duties as the acting Prime Minister during Oli’s absence.

During his New York stay, the prime minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and will engage in sideline meetings with Swiss President Alain Berset and Cambodian Prime Minister Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

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The prime minister will also attend the reception to be hosted by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the evening of September 24 and a luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 25.

Besides addressing the UNGA on September 27, Prime Minister Oli will address a high-level plenary meeting of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on September 24 being organized to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

The prime minister will also deliver a statement at the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) being hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on September 25.

According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the prime minister, after concluding UNGA, will leave New York for San Jose, Costa Rica on September 29 to have a bilateral meeting with the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

Oli will return to Kathmandu on October 3 after an 11-day long abroad stay.

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