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Interim government formation further delayed in Nepal

Koirala rejected Maoists' demand for a deputy prime minister from their party.

world Updated: Mar 28, 2007 14:29 IST
Shirish B Pradhan
Shirish B Pradhan

The formation of Nepal's interim government is likely to be further delayed after talks between Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist leader Prachanda failed to break the impasse over the demand for appointment of a deputy premier and abolition of monarchy.

During the meeting on Wednesday, Koirala rejected Prachanda's demand for a deputy prime minister from his party, a senior cabinet minister told PTI.

Koirala has proposed that the post should not be given to any party.

CPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and Nepali Congress (D) all are demanding a deputy premier for their parties.

Nepali Congress has also proposed that key portfolios including Defence, Home and Finance should be retained by it, sources close to the Prime Minister said.

Koirala has argued that instead of appointing 3-4 deputy premiers, it is better not to appoint any one to the post.

"The meeting ended inconclusively after Koirala and Prachanda stuck to their respective stands," Minister for Physical Planning Gopalman Shrestha said.

Koirala is understood to have asked the Maoists to accept his proposal and cooperate with him for the formation of the new government at the earliest.

"The Prime Minister's offer was unacceptable as it was a deviation from the past understanding," said CPN-UML number leader Baburam Bhattarai.

First Published: Mar 28, 2007 14:14 IST