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Koirala bid to end impasse

Nepal’s beleaguered Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala began fresh efforts to resolve the political stalemate.

world Updated: Nov 26, 2007 23:23 IST
Anirban Roy

Nepal’s beleaguered Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala began fresh efforts to resolve the political stalemate in the country by getting top leaders of his Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) to meet.

It is crucial for Koirala to resolve the political issues at the earliest as three days are left for the winter session of the interim parliament. The winter session, which was scheduled to begin from November 19, has been postponed for 10 days because of the political deadlock. Koirala and CPN (UML) General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal discussed the ways and means to resolve the political crisis, which has emerged due to Maoists’ demands for a proportional electoral system and proclamation of republic.

The CPN (UML) chief urged Koirala to clarify to the people the causes of the failure of the government to hold elections and urged the PM to announce a new date for the crucial election. The PM is worried as the former insurgent outfit has been started setting new pre-conditions for the Constituent Assembly elections.