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Nepal constitution crisis averted

world Updated: May 30, 2011 01:24 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepal’s lawmakers averted a constitutional crisis early on Sunday by voting to amend the interim constitution and extending the Constituent Assembly’s tenure by another three months.

With the deadline to draft a new statute and the CA tenure ending on Saturday, the three major parties, ruling Maoists and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and opposition Nepali Congress, inked a 5-point deal after marathon meetings.

Resignation of PM Jhalanath Khanal to make way for a consensus based government, democratization of the Nepal Army and implementation of past deals made with Madhesi parties are also in the deal.