After 4 months deadlock Nepal’s Parliament announced a new speaker

Agni Prasad Sapkota speaker of Nepal's Parliament

Kathmandu: House of representatives, Nepal has elected Agni Prasad Sapkota as a speaker after 4 months deadlock.

Sapkota, 62, belongs to the ruling Nepal communist party was elected on Sunday with no candidates from other parties.

Rastriya Janata Party Nepal lawmaker Mahantha Thakur had ad announced that Sapkota was elected unopposed.

The post of the speaker fell vacant since last year in October. When Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned from the post after a female staffer of the Parliament Secretariat filed a first information report accusing him of an attempt to rape. Mahara is in judicial custody.

For the post of speaker in parliament major opposition party had not filed candidacy.

According to law The speaker and deputy speaker should go to two different parties. Since the ruling party NCP got speaker, Major opposition party Nepali Congress is expected for the post of deputy speaker. 

The ruling NCP has 174 members in the 275- member HoR.

After being elected Sapkota told media persons on the premises of the Parliament that he would devote all his effort to play a neutral and impartial role in the House.

Sapkota, a three-time Member of Parliament, was born in Kuvinde village, Sindhupalchowk on 7 March 1958. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Tribhuvan University.

Sapkota was involved in the teaching profession for 15 years before he joined active politics as a full-time communist cadre.

Sapkota, who started his political career in 1978 after joining NCP Fourth Convention, became a member of the United People’s Front after the restoration of democracy in 1990.

As a communist party cadre, he went underground after the Maoist party launched the people’s war. He was seriously injured on 27 March 2006 when members of the Nepali Army fired shots from a helicopter at a program organized in Thokarpa, Sindhupalchowk.

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Raman Paudel is a Nepal based journalist. He works at in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has 10 years of journalism experience with mainstream media. Basically writes on political and social issues.

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