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Nepal's Prime Minister Resigns

Nepal’s Prime Minister resigns after failing to reach an agreement with other party leaders on a series of issues.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/14/2011, 10:15 PM

Nepal’s Prime Minister, Jhalanath Khanal, tendered his resignation on Sunday, The BBC reported.

Khanal submitted his resignation letter to Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav after talks with other party leaders on a series of issues, including a new constitution, collapsed.

“He tried to forge a consensus until the last minute. But the parties failed to agree on the constitution drafting and the peace process, so he has resigned,” Khanal’s press adviser was quoted as having told the AFP news agency.

Khanal was Nepal’s Prime Minister for only six-and-half-months. He vowed to resign as premier if he failed to make consensus on completing the peace process, chiefly the integration and rehabilitation of the 19,000 Maoist ex-combatants.

It is unclear who will succeed him as the country’s political parties are busy with internal and inter-party negotiations, The BBC reported.

The parties also pledged to prepare the preliminary draft of the constitution and complete the basic tasks of the peace process by the end of August, when the extended term of Nepal’s constituent assembly, which doubles as parliament, expires.

The BBC noted, however, that the parties are far from any agreement, and if they fail to reach a consensus by August 31, Khanal’s resignation could plunge Nepal into a new crisis.