Khanal to resign on Aug 13: Nepal govt spokesman
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 23:10
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 23:10


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