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Nepali PM seeks five more days to form national unity gov't

(Xinhua)

15:46, August 21, 2011

KATHMANDU, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Nepali caretaker Prime Minster Jhala Nath Khanal has requested President Ram Baran Yadav to extend time frame for the formation of a national consensus government, local media reported on Sunday.

"Although formal and informal talks among the political parties are underway, no significant progress is made in forming a national unity government," Minister for Prime Minister's Office Affairs Ghanshyam Bhusal was quoted by The Kathmandu Post as saying. "Therefore, the government has made up its mind to demand four to five extra days to form the national unity government."

During the meeting, Khanal urged President Yadav to give more time stating that the ongoing talks among parties were striving for consensus, said Bhusal.

In response, the president asked the prime minister to bridge differences among the parties and to produce a consensus prime ministerial candidate.

President Yadav had given a five-day deadline to parties to form a national unity government. The deadline expires Sunday.

Khanal resigned on Aug. 14 under pressure from opposition parties and a section of leaders from his own party, the Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist.

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