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No end to Nepal deadlock

Frustrated at repeated failures, Nepal’s Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ bowed out of the deadlocked prime ministerial poll last week.

world Updated: Sep 21, 2010 02:20 IST
Utpal Parashar

Frustrated at repeated failures, Nepal’s Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ bowed out of the deadlocked prime ministerial poll last week.

Although his party and CPN-UML, the third largest party in parliament, with which it signed a deal, will stay away from voting to break the deadlock, the stalemate is unlikely to end soon.

On Monday, Constituent Assembly Chairman Subhash Nemwang told Prachanda that no change in the ongoing poll process, which allows repeated voting, is possible till the second candidate also leaves the race.

The Maoist chief had asked Nemwang to amend the interim constitution to find a way out of the continuing impasse.

“The parliamentary regulations can’t be amended under the current circumstances,” Nemwang told journalists after the meeting.

But although Prachanda withdrew from the race claiming to seek a solution through consensus, Nepali Congress candidate Ram Chandra Poudel hasn’t shown any indication of calling it quits.

The eighth round of voting to elect the prime minister will take place on September 26.