Nepal PM refuses to quit
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Kathmandu, Aug 13: Political crisis in Nepal deepened today as a crucial meeting of the main parties failed to agree on a national unity government even as the embattled Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal refused to quit till a consensus is formed on a new coalition.
The talks failed to make any headway after the main opposition Nepali Congress walked out of the meeting, asking Khanal to include the Terai-based Madhesi parties, the fourth largest group in parliament, in the dialogue for a national coalition.
The Prime Minister, who earlier this month had promised to step down, was neither ready to quit the post nor prepared to include the Madhesi parties in the dialogue, said Ramchandra Poudyal, the vice president of Nepali Congress party.
CPN-UML leader Khanal, who was elected prime minister on February 3 after 17 rounds of polls in Parliament, had said that he would resign if the major works related to the peace process were not completed by August 13.
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