Election officials say Nepal's oldest political party won the most seats in last month's elections but did not get clear majority. The outcome is not seen as enabling the country to break its long political deadlock, and it means a coalition government is all but certain.

The Nepali Congress party won 196 seats in the Nov. 19 vote to select the 601 members of the Constituent Assembly.

The Himalayan country has stumbled through the last five years with no constitution and parliamentary paralysis in addressing chronic problems like poverty, fuel shortages and corruption.

Final results announced by the Election Commission on Tuesday said Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) stood second with 175 seats, followed by the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) with 80 seats.