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Foreign trips prolong nepal deadlock

world Updated: Dec 01, 2010 00:40 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Foreign trips by caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and senior leaders of his party have further prolonged the deadlocked prime ministerial poll in Nepal.

Nepal and Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) colleague KP Oli have left for Cambodia to attend a conference at Phnom Penh. Chairman of CPN (UML) Jhalanath Khanal, a key figure in the tripartite talks with Nepali Congress and Maoists on ending the impasse, will leave for Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The trips come at a time when the Nepal’s prime ministerial election is in limbo following 16 rounds of unsuccessful voting.

The deadlock has also stalled the peace process and drafting of the country’s new constitution — both of which have to be completed by May 28, 2011.

“I will cut short my visit if there’s any agreement among parties and my presence is required,” Nepal told media persons before his departure on Tuesday.