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Nepal’s opposition party rejects unity govt

THE NEWS, KATHMANDU: Nepal’s third-largest political party on Monday rejected appeals by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to join a national unity government, threatening an attempt to break years of deadlock.

The Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) party said it would not participate in the government despite a May 27 deadline for parliament to agree a new constitution in a key step for the peace process launched after civil war ended in 2006.

“This cabinet led by the Maoists is against the spirit of consensus,” UML spokesman Pradeep Gyawali told AFP. Bhattarai, the Maoist prime minister, is expected to remain in office until the constitution is in place before allowing the dominant Nepali Congress party to lead the next government. Gyawali insisted that Bhattarai would have to resign before the UML re-considered its stance.

Published Date: Monday, May 7th, 2012 | 01:43 PM

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