Opposition Maoists in Nepal have given a three day ultimatum to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to step down and make way for a national unity government.
The PM’s resignation was part of a three-point deal reached between the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) and Maoists that led to consensus on extending the tenure of the constituent assembly by a year.
The move prevented a constitutional crisis, but since there was no written agreement on when the PM should resign, the parties are squabbling on the issue for the past two days.
On Monday, Janadisha, the Maoist mouthpiece, quoted senior party leader Mohan Vaidya giving a 72-hour deadline to Madhav Kumar Nepal to leave office or else the country could witness a “serious crisis”.
The meeting of the three major parties to discuss formation of the next government also ended inconclusively on Monday due to differences on the timing of the PM’s resignation.