In the cabinet meeting, Koirala had informed his cabinet colleagues that he would meet the Head of State and ask him to initiate the process to form a new government as per Nepal's constitution, Minister Lal Babu Pandit told IANS on Friday. A new prime minister is expected to be confirmed within a week if consensus is arrived at among the major political parties, or else the president will call for a majority vote to elect the prime minister.
Article 298(2) of the Nepal constitution states: "If the session of the Legislature-Parliament is ongoing at the time of commencement of this constitution, then from the date of the commencement of the constitution; and if the parliament is not in session, then from the date of the summoning of the session under Article 296 (6); within seven days the prime minister shall be elected as per the political understanding. Likewise, Article 298(3) says, "If political understanding cannot be reached as per clause (2), the prime minister shall be elected by simple majority of the Legislature Parliament." "Hence, the House shall move to voting process, if the parties fail to elect a consensual prime minister within the week."