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Nepal calls elections as constitution deadline passes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 28, 2012

Nepal’s prime minister has announced elections in six months time after the country’s political parties failed to agree a new constitution.

Members of a special assembly have been struggling for years to find consensus ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

The parties were divided on the issue of whether states in the new federal system in Nepal should be formed and named along ethnic lines.

Baburam Bhattarai said there was “no alternative” to fresh elections.

“Though we were unable to promulgate the constitution, we have decided to seek a mandate through elections for a new Constituent Assembly on 22 November,” he announced in a televised address to the nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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