Nepal Parliament to meet for third session
A cabinet line-up is expected to be announced later in the day when the Himalayan Kingdom's Parliament meets for a third session.india Updated: May 02, 2006 11:15 IST
Nepal's Parliament, reinstated after being shut for four years, was to meet on Tuesday for a third session since the King backed down and as political leaders finalised a new cabinet, officials said.
A cabinet line-up was expected to be announced later in the day, party officials said.
The appointments had been expected Monday but were delayed as the three major parties -- Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and Nepali Congress (Democratic) -- negotiated the top jobs.
Three weeks of violent street protests forced King Gyanendra to reinstate the 205-member parliament he had sacked in February 2005 and hand over rule to the political parties.
Girija Prasad Koirala, the ailing 84-year-old leader of the Nepali Congress party, was sworn in as Prime Minister on Sunday.
In a second session on Sunday, the new parliament unanimously agreed to begin preparations for an election to a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution that would clip the powers of the monarch.
The new prime minister has called on Maoist rebels to renounce violence and begin dialogue with the new government.
Opposition parties ousted from government in February 2005 formed a loose alliance late last year with the rebels who supported the mass protest movement and declared a three-month unilateral ceasefire last week.