29 May '11, 12am

Nepal to extend parliament, PM agrees to step down: KATHMANDU - Nepal's main political parties agreed Sunday to

Nepal to extend parliament, PM agrees to step down: KATHMANDU - Nepal's main political parties agreed Sunday to

KATHMANDU - Nepal's main political parties agreed Sunday to extend parliament's term for three months, leaders said, in an eleventh-hour deal that will see the prime minister step down. The agreement followed days of tense negotiations over the future of Nepal's parliament, or Constituent Assembly (CA), elected in 2008 on a two-year mandate to write a new constitution for the young republic. Despite being granted an extra 12 months last year, it has been unable to complete the task, amid fierce disagreements between the main political parties. Its term was due to expire on Saturday, plunging the country into legal limbo. But Bhim Rawal, a senior leader of the ruling UML (Unified Marxist-Leninist) party, said opposition lawmakers had agreed to give it three more months. He said the deal would see Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal step down at an unspecified time in the future...

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