Nepal Communist parties get majority in upper house Feb 09, 2018 0 49 12345 AFPKathmanduNepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said Thursday, paving the way for the leftist alliance to form the next government two months after historic general elections.The alliance of the main Communist party and former Maoist rebels won a strong majority in the indirectly elected upper house, according to results announced Thursday.The results of the national vote held late last year have not yet been confirmed, but an incomplete tally suggests the alliance also secured a majority in the directly elected lower house.Last year's landmark elections capped Nepal's rocky 11-year transition from monarchy to federal democracy after a brutal civil war between Maoist guerrillas and the state.The elections were the first under the country's new post-war constitution, which sets out a sweeping overhaul of the political system, devolving significant power from the centre to the seven provinces.The final results were delayed by disagreements over how the new election rules in the constitution should be implemented.But the alliance is on course to take a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament, elected through a mix of first-past-the-post and proportional representation."We hope the wait for a new prime minister will now be over," the English-language Republica newspaper said in an editorial.The leader of the Communist CPN-UML, K.P. Sharma Oli, is tipped to be the next prime minister. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Pakistani top commanders signal cooperation with US Feb 09, 2018 0 57 Council of Islamic Ideology debates public hangings in wake of Zainab Ansari case Feb 09, 2018 0 51 Trump's New Year's tweet 'deeply hurtful' to Pakistanis, says Bilawal Feb 09, 2018 0 50 Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda gets 5-year jail term for graft REUTERS DHAKA Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was jailed on Thursday for corruption, but plans to appeal against her five-year term, her lawyer said, as thousands of supporters took .. Maldives' president sends envoys to Pakistan, China and Saudi for support REUTERS MALE The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition .. US, UK, France among 8 countries urge UN to take up Rohingya crisis AFP United Nations Britain, France, the United States and five other countries asked the UN Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from Myanmar, diplomats .. Weather forecast saves Pakistani wheat farmers REUTERS ISLAMABAD In early November last year, Muhammad Islam was surprised by news from the Pakistan Meteorological Department. The 40-year-old farmer learned that good rains were forecast for the crucial wheat .. Pakistan bans V-Day events REUTERS ISLAMABAD Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the holiday un-Islamic. The Pakistan Electronic Media ..