Nepal’s prime minister called fresh elections on Monday after the government failed to agree a new post-war constitution, plunging the nation into a political crisis.
The country’s parliament, elected in 2008 to write the statute after 10 years of civil war, will be disbanded ahead of November elections after failing to agree on the nation’s new federal structure, Baburam Bhattarai said.
“Though we were unable to promulgate the constitution, we have decided to seek a mandate through elections for a new Constituent Assembly on November 22,” the Maoist premier announced in a televised address to the nation as a midnight deadline to agree the charter passed. “There is no alternative to fresh elections.”
The announcement came after a cabinet meeting decided in favour of elections over declaring a state of emergency.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2012.
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