Yadav had given a week's time, which expired on Sunday, to the parties for forming a government of national unity.

"As the parties failed to form a national unity government through a political consensus, the president has sent a letter to the Constituent Assembly to elect a new prime minister of the country," a news agency reported citing a press statement issued by the President's office.

It said since the Constituent Assembly has been elected, forming a government is a matter of urgency.

The Nepali Congress (NC), a major party, has already said that its priority would be to form the government according to the interim constitution. The Nepali Congress has selected its president Sushil Koirala as its prime ministerial candidate.

The Nepali Congress is holding talks with the second largest party, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) regarding the formation of the government.

The third party, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, has already announced that it would stay out of government formation and would not attend all-party meetings summoned by the Nepali Congress.

After the President's letter, the parliament secretariat will start the process of election of the Prime Minister probably this week.


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