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Parties want more time for govt formation

Failing to form a consensus government within deadline, the three major political parties in Nepal on Wednesday urged President Ram Baran Yadav to extend the time limit by five more days.

world Updated: Jul 07, 2010 15:14 IST
Utpal Parashar

Failing to form a consensus government within deadline, the three major political parties in Nepal on Wednesday urged President Ram Baran Yadav to extend the time limit by five more days.

As per powers vested by the interim constitution, the President had asked political parties on July 1 to form a ‘national consensus government’ within July 7.

The deadline followed Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s resignation on June 30 to make way for a consensus government as part of a deal struck between the three parties a month earlier.

However, failure among UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML to agree on who would lead the next government and details like fixing a number on former Maoist rebels to be integrated into security forces has resulted in the delay.

On Wednesday morning, leaders of the three parties decided that they needed five more days to bury their differences and end the political deadlock.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi informed that the three parties needed to complete some more formalities to form the next government.

If parties fail to form the government through consensus, the PM will be elected by a two-third majority of Constituent Assembly members and the council of ministers appointed on his recommendations.