Koirala ask ministers to continue work until new govt formed

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Kathmandu, Apr 18 (UNI) Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has asked ministers not to quit the current Seven-Party Alliance interim government until the formation of a new government.

In a statement today, the PM urged the UML ministers to roll back the decision to quit the government as the transitional phase was still continuing and the cabinet would remain vacant.

Seven ministers representing UML had resigned jointly after the Maoists emerged as the largest party in the Constituent Assembly (CA) polls held on April 10.

The statement issued this afternoon after holding discussions with Maoist Chairman Prachanda also urged the UML ministers to remain in the interim government until the next government is set up.

Mr Koirala has not accepted the resignations tendered by seven UML ministers.

Nepali Congress has decided to be in the government until the first meeting of the CA that would decide the future of monarchy in the Himalayan kingdom.

Maoist leaders have said that the monarchy would be abolished by the first meeting and the king would go gracefully if he leaves the palace within a month.

Maoists has got 119 seats out of the 226 seats declared so far.

Nepali Congress has won in 35, CPN, UML in 31 and MJF 24.

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