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Nepal polls put off to next year

Kathmandu Sept. 3. The Nepalese Cabinet today decided to postpone the mid-term polls by one year until November 19, 2003, due to security reasons.

The caretaker Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba's Cabinet after holding a four-and-a-half hour-long meeting today decided to recommend to King Gyanendra to postpone the parliamentary polls until November 2003 for security reasons.

The Cabinet has sent a letter to the King citing the ``deteriorating law-and-order situation'' in the country for the delay.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr. Deuba was asked by seven major parties to postpone elections due to security problems. — PTI

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