Khanal to resign on Aug 13: Nepal govt spokesman

Khanal will resign to facilitate formation of a national consensus government.

Kathmandu: Nepal`s Premier Jhala Nath Khanal,
who is under immense pressure to resign for his "failure" to
make progress on the peace process, will step down on August
13, a government spokesman has said, prompting top Maoist and
NC leaders to intensify efforts for formation of a national
consensus government.

The Prime Minister will resign on August 13, government
spokesman and Minister for Education Ganga Lal Tuladhar told
reporters yesterday.

Khanal will resign to facilitate formation of a national
consensus government which, however, does not appear possible
right now, said Tuladhar, also a CPN-UML leader.

"Demands for the Prime Minister`s resignation have been
coming from different corners and as some people are having
sleepless nights over this issue, the Prime Minister, who is
feeling unwell presently, remembers the date on which he has
promised to resign," the minister said.

Khanal of CPN-UML, who was elected Premier on February 3
after 17 rounds of polls in Parliament, had said earlier this
month that he would quit if the major works related to the
2006 landmark peace process were not completed by August 13.

The Prime Minister, who is recuperating after being ill
for some time, is under immense pressure from the main
opposition Nepali Congress (NC) to resign.

Meanwhile, Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai and NC
leader Sher Bahadur Deuba have intensified parleys both within
and outside their parties in a bid to form a national
consensus government.

NC has been blocking the proceedings of the Parliament
for more than a week, demanding Khanal`s resignation in order
to implement the five-point deal he had signed with UCP-Maoist
and NC while extending the term of the Constituent Assembly on
May 28 by three months.


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