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Unwilling Prez extends deal deadline again

KATHMANDU, DEC 18 - Displeased over the major parties’ repeated failure to seek a common prime ministerial candidate, President Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday ‘reluctantly’ extended the deadline for the formation of a national unity government by another five days.

Following request from top leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, the head of state granted the fourth extension to the deadline that expired on Monday.

The President, however, expressed concern that the parties’ failure to strike an accord would delay the elections planned for April-May.

“You should not simply pay a lip service about holding elections, but walk the talk,” the President told the leaders. “For all my lack of interest and motivation, I have extended the deadline this time around.”

The President’s office issued a statement announcing the extension after talks between the head of state and the top leaders. Talking to the Post on Tuesday, President’s Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal said the head of state will not stay idle if the four parties continue to remain in a state of indecision.

“The President is now in a mood to pile pressure on the parties to strike an agreement. If the four parties fail, he will invite many parties for talks,” added Dahal. The President plans to call an all-party meeting before he heads for India on December 24. If the four major forces fail to negotiate a deal within the Saturday deadline, another deadline will ‘not be just for the four major parties, but for all, according to Dahal.

The President also warned the four-party leaders that holding elections will be impossible if they fail to strike a deal urgently. He also urged leaders to take seriously the extension of the deadline and offer a solution.

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