Former-Communist leader elected Nepalese PM

An unopposed former Communist leader was elected Nepal’s new prime minister Saturday, ending nearly three weeks of political uncertainty. Madhav Kumar Nepal of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) was the only person to serve as a candidate for the post after he received backing from more than 20 of the 25 parties in parliament. Nepal, 56, is a former general secretary of the Communist Party, but had resigned after the party made a poor showing last year against another Communist movement.