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Left alliance on course to form next government, wins 91 out of 165 parliamentary seats

Left alliance on course to form next government, wins 91 out of 165 parliamentary seats

Kathmandu: A Left alliance between former Maoist rebels and moderate communists was poised to form the next government in Nepal as it headed for a clear majority after winning 91 seats so far in the historic polls many hope will bring political stability to the country.

According to results released by the Election Commission on Sunday, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist–Leninist (CPN-UML) has won 66 seats while its alliance partner CPN Maoist-Centre bagged 25 seats out of the total 165 seats under the first-past-the-post election system.

Two Madhesi parties, Federal Socialist Party Nepal and Rastriya Janata Party, have so far secured 11 Parliamentary seats each.

The two parties are also considering to merge to form the largest communist party in Nepal.

If they merge, the post of party president and the country's president will be shared between Maoist chief Prachanda and top UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, according to party insiders.

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