Nepal leaders get six more days to ink unity deal

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Maoist leader Prachanda
Maoist leader Prachanda

Nepal's president on Friday gave rival political parties a second extension to a deadline for forming a national unity government to lead the Himalayan nation into elections next year.

The decision came after leaders of all the main parties had failed to strike a deal on the political make-up of a proposed new cabinet, despite being given an extra seven days after missing the original target. "Maoist leader Prachanda, who represented the four major parties in a meeting with the president, requested more time to resolve differences," said Lalit Basnet, a spokesman for President Ram Baran Yadav, using Pushpa Kamal Dahal's popular nom-de-guerre.

"Therefore the president has extended the deadline for six days."AFP

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