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Rijal says Nepali Congress won’t beg for deputy speaker’s position

Nepali Congress leader Minendra Rijal

Kathmandu, January 26

Nepali Congress lawmaker Minendra Rijal has clarified that his party would not beg the ruling Nepal Communist Party for the deputy speaker’s position in the House of Representatives.

Speaking in the House meeting called to elect the new speaker, Rijal said the ruling Nepal Communist Party, however, should remember the constitutional provision that the speaker and the deputy speaker must represent different parties.

Rijal’s statement comes amid speculations that the ruling party, which holds majority votes to elect the House officials, is preparing to support its recent ally, Rastriya Janata Party, for the deputy speaker’s position. The RJPN has supported the NCP for the speaker’s election. They also fought the recent National Assembly elections jointly.

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