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Nepal Prez sets 6-day deadline for forming national unity govt

Last Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 20:48

Kathmandu: In a bid to break the political deadlock in Nepal, President Ram Baran Yadav on Friday fixed November 29 deadline for warring parties to come up with a Prime Ministerial candidate and form a national consensus government.

Yadav asked them to recommend the name of Prime Minister through consensus and form a Cabinet headed by him by Thursday, the President`s Office said in a statement.

It said the President`s call came as "political and Constitutional resolution remains elusive and a consensus government could not be formed despite several attempts by parties since the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in May.

The 601-member Constituent Assembly was dissolved on May 27 without promulgating the Constitution, and the November 22 date announced by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai for fresh election passed without holding the polls.
Bhattarai said in his televised address to the nation yesterday that he was ready to step down if a broader national consensus could be forged.

Opposition parties have launched various protest programmes, claiming that the Prime Minister`s announcement of new election date of April-May was unconstitutional.

The parties have been demanding Bhattarai`s resignation to pave way for formation of a national consensus government to resolve the current political stalemate.

Nepal has been run by a caretaker Maoist-led government since the collapse of the Constituent Assembly.


First Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 20:46

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