Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:10:19 GMT

Parties in Nepal fail to reach consensus on govt formation

From Shirish B Pradhan
Kathmandu, Dec 6 (PTI) Political parties in Nepal failed to reach a consensus on forming a national unity government as the week-long deadline given by President Ram Baran Yadav to complete the exercise ended today.

The talks failed as the ruling alliances UCPN-Maoist and Joint Madhesi Front and the opposition parties Nepali Congress and CPN-UML stuck to their respective stance, Nepali Congress sources said.

With the deadlock continuing the President is likely to extend the deadline by a few days to enable the political parties to sort out their differences.

The President had last week extended the deadline till tonight after the leaders of political parties said they need some more time for reaching an agreement to form the unity government.

However, despite hectic negotiation through out the week the parties failed to decide on the prime ministerial candidate.

The top leaders of the major political parties made a last ditch effort today but it failed to make any headway.

The meeting was attended by UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and Joint Madhesi Front leader Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.

The ruling alliance has asked the opposition parties to resolve the contentious issues of the Constitution before they could hand over power to the opposition.

"The meeting failed to reach any agreement as the Maoists were stick to their earlier stance and were not ready to quit the power before sorting out differences on the key issues of the Constitution," Nepali Congress General Secretary Prakash Man Singh said. (More) PTI SBP DDC AKJ MSA

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