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PM Khanal refuses to quit

Two days after a five point deal among three major parties averted a constitutional crisis in Nepal, Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal on Tuesday refused to step down citing political instability.

world Updated: May 31, 2011 17:13 IST
Utpal Parashar

Two days after a five point deal among three major parties averted a constitutional crisis in Nepal, Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal on Tuesday refused to step down citing political instability.

The deal that led to a three-month extension of the Constituent Assembly tenure to draft a new statute also requires Khanal to resign to make way for a national government based on consensus.

“I want to make it clear that I am ready to hand over leadership of the government for peace and constitution,” he said while trying to clarify speculations arising due to the vague nature of clauses in the deal.

While opposition Nepali Congress and some detractors within his party are insisting on his immediate resignation, Khanal has maintained that he will not quit till his successor is selected through consensus.

The PM reminded everyone about the seven-month-political instability witnessed prior to his election in February and said a similar situation would allow divisive forces to raise their heads.

“If political parties don’t unite to thwart such forces, the country could face lot of trouble,” he said while urging Nepali Congress to work towards forming a national government.