New government in Nepal by weekend?

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Kathmandu, May 5 (ANI): Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav today urged the political parties to form a new government within the next four days.

In a letter furnished to the parliament secretariat, Dr. Yadav asked the parties to form the government with consensus among political parties represented at the Constituent Assembly within Saturday.

Political parties have begun their discussion to form a new coalition government a day after Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' resigned.

Meanwhile, Constituent Assembly members of the Unified CPN (Maoist) have decided not to allow any business of the parliament until Dr. Yadav apologises for his move to 'reinstate' the army chief before the House.

Maoist cadres have organised rallies and demonstrations in various parts of the country in demanding the withdrawal of the President's move.

Police have arrested dozens of civil society activists from a sit-in programme in front of the Presidential palace, Shital Niwas.

However, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced sadness over the turn of events that led to the resignation of Prachanda.

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Ban said he is saddened by developments leading to this resignation. However, he is also "encouraged by the Maoist party's assurances of its commitment to the peace process, including continued participation in the drafting of a new Constitution."

He appealed for the strict adherence to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2006, especially the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies (AMMAA), which stipulates clear and specific restrictions on the Nepal Army and the Maoist combatants. (ANI)

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