KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's parliament speaker announced Friday that members will vote Sunday to choose a new prime minister of this Himalayan nation.
Soon afterward, Khadga Prasad Oli of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist said he will run for the government's highest office. Candidates will be able to officially file nominations Saturday, said speaker Subash Nemwang.
The winner needs to secure a simple majority from the 598-member parliament, or 299 votes.
The current prime minister, Sushil Koirala, is stepping down as required by the new constitution that was adopted last month. The constitution adopted on Sept. 20 by an overwhelming majority in the Constituent Assembly says a new government needs to take over within several weeks.
Koirala and Oli's party formed a coalition government in 2014 after the two parties together won nearly two-thirds of the seats in parliament.
Protesters unhappy with the new constitution have been protesting in southern Nepal, causing highways and border points to be closed.