Nepal agrees to caretaker govt ahead of polls

February 19, 2013 - 12:20:06 am

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s main political parties yesterday said that they had reached an agreement to set up a unity government before a national election in the middle of the year, in a deal that could end a deadlock after a decade of civil war.

Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, 58, will step down and Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi of the Supreme Court will head the new administration to oversee the vote in May or June, the parties said. It was not clear when the leadership change will occur.

The deal, signed between Maoist chief Prachanda and leaders of three parties, in the presence of President Ram Baran Yadav, addresses a major concern of the opposition. 

The opposition had demanded that Bhattarai, a former Maoist leader, quit in favour of a caretaker government to oversee delayed elections. The ballot will choose an assembly that will complete the writing of a new constitution, Nepal’s first after the abolition of the monarchy in 2008.

Nepal has been without a parliament since last May. Reuters

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