28 May '11, 2am

Nepal battles to avert fresh crisis

Nepal battles to avert fresh crisis

KATHMANDU: Nepal's ruling parties were to hold 11th-hour talks on Saturday to try to avert a fresh political crisis, with hours to go before parliament's term expires. Nepal's parliament, or Constituent Assembly, was elected in 2008 with a two-year mandate to fulfil the terms of the peace agreement that followed a long civil war and write a new constitution for the world's youngest republic. It has been unable to complete either task, despite being given an extra 12 months in 2010, and unless a fresh extension can be agreed its term will expire at midnight (1815 GMT) Saturday, leaving the country in legal limbo. The widespread hope that followed the end of the war in 2006 and the abolition of Nepal's unpopular monarchy two years later has been replaced by a growing sense of anger and frustration in one of the world's poorest countries. Political instability -- Nepal was wi...

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