Nepal extends deadline for Maoists to name lawmakers

December 26, 2013 - 10:37:41 am
KATHMANDU: Nepal’s election commission yesterday gave the former ruling Maoists a five-day extension to propose members of a new parliament, a day after the party finally agreed to join the assembly.

“We have extended the deadline until December 30,” election commission spokesman Bir Bahadur Rai said as he confirmed that the Maoists had requested more time to agree on a list of lawmakers. All parties had been meant to submit names by yesterday and it is the third extension granted by the commission. The composition of the constituent assembly has been in limbo since November 19 elections when the Maoists were beaten into third place, prompting them to allege fraud and threaten to boycott the parliament. AFP
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