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Nepali Congress leader becomes new prime minister

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KATMANDU, Nepal — The leader of Nepal’s largest and oldest political party was elected prime minister on Monday with majority support in Parliament that is likely to ease the political instability in the Himalayan nation.

The president of the Nepali Congress party, Sushil Koirala, 76, received 405 votes in the 601-member Parliament. He was supported by the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the second largest party, and some other smaller groups.

The declaration from Parliament Speaker Surya Bahadur Thapa that Koirala had secured the simple majority needed to be elected was followed by applause inside the assembly hall. Hundreds of Koirala’s supporters stood outside the Parliament building.

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