Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:13:36 GMT

Nepal''s political deadlock will soon end, says Prachanda



From Shirish B Pradhan
Kathmandu, Dec 8 (PTI) Amid a political impasse in Nepal, Maoist supremo Prachanda today voiced confidence that a solution will soon be found and leaders of all major parties will reach consensus on forming a national unity government.

"I have met top leaders of both the opposition parties Nepali Congress and CPN-UML today and I am confident that the current situation of stalemate will soon end," UCPN-Maoist president Prachanda said, while addressing the annual general meeting of Kathmandu District Chapter of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ).

Prachanda has underlined the need to forge cooperation and collaboration among the forces who were parties to the 12 point agreement reached in Delhi in November 2005, to end autocratic monarchy and restore multiparty democracy in the country.

He also cautioned people against conspiracy being hatched to drag the country towards an autocratic regime.

"I am very much hopeful that the country will be rescued from the current situation of deadlock before the six day deadline issued by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav ends," he said.

President Dr Yadav had extended the deadline issued to the political parties to form a consensus government for the second time yesterday.

Nepal is being run by a caretaker government for the past five months after Prime Minister Madhab Kumar Nepal stepped down on June 30. The 17th round of the prime ministerial elections has been postponed twice after failing for 16 times and uncertainty looms as to when the elections will be held.
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