House of Representatives (HoR) seniormost leader by age Pashupati Shumsher Rana assumed office at the Federal Parliament Secretariat in Singha Durbar on Wednesday.
He will administer the oath to newly elected members in the lower house on Thursday.
Talking to the media after assuming office, Rana pledged to carry out his roles and duties impartially, underlining the need to promote the multiparty democratic parliamentary system in the country.
Earlier in the day, he took the oath before the President at Sheetal Niwas.
Rana will serve as pro-tem Speaker until the House of Representatives elects the Speaker. He took charge on Wednesday by endorsing General Secretary Bharat Gautam’s proposal to summon a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee meeting at 12:05 pm on Thursday.
As per the constitutional provision, if the election to the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker is not held or if both the positions become vacant, the attending member who is by age the seniormost shall chair the meeting of the House of Representatives.