Nepal: Jhalanath Khanal elected new prime minister
Parliamentarians in Nepal have elected a new prime minister after more than seven months of stalemate.
The deadlock was finally resolved when the Maoists, the largest single party, decided to withdraw their own candidate and to support Jhalanath Khanal, the chairman of a smaller allied party.
Nepal has been without a functioning government since June.
Many Nepalese are angry, saying issues including the economy and the peace process have been neglected.
"Jhalanath Khanal secured 368 of the 598 votes cast, giving him a majority," speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang told parliament.
It was the 17th time Nepalese MPs had voted to elect a new prime minister.
A change in the election process helped to clear the deadlock.
Nepal has had no prime minister since Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned in June. Mr Nepal has been running a caretaker government ever since.