Nepal on Thursday set up a panel to amend the rules for the election of a Prime Minister, following the withdrawal of Nepali Congress candidate R.C. Poudel from the deadlocked race.

A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of Parliament formed a five-member panel to propose amendments to regulations to ensure a meaningful election. Parliament has failed to elect a Prime Minister even after 16 rounds of election.

Nepali Congress on Wednesday withdrew Mr. Poudel ahead of the 17th run-off poll, amid intense pressure from its allies and the main opposition to end the over-six-month-long deadlock. The panel members, representing the main parties, have been asked to table their report in the next session of Parliament scheduled for January 17. — PTI