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Will resign after alternative is found: Khanal

world Updated: May 29, 2011 21:24 IST

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Nepal's Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal, who agreed to step down to pave the way for the national unity government, today said that he will resign only after an alternative to the present coalition is found.

"I will resign at a time when alternative is found to form a national consensus government," Khanal told reporters.

Nepal's key parties today agreed to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly by three months in a last-minute deal under which Khanal will step down for the formation of a national consensus government.

Earlier, a spokesman for the ruling Unified Marxist-Leninist party said Prime Minister would step down to pave the way for a new national unity government under the five-point agreement.

However, there was no mention about the time frame as to when should he resign.

The Prime Minister said that he is committed to preparing the first draft of the constitution within the extended period of three months.

One of the key demands put forth by the Madhesi parties during the negotiations on the extension of the CA term was Prime Minister Khanal’s immediate resignation.

Nepali Congress leaders have asked the Prime Minister to tender his resignation immediately.

Former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa and Rastriya Prajatantra Party president Pashupati Shumsher Rana have termed the agreement as vague.

"There is no clear time line for the Prime minister's resignation," Thapa said.