Nepal

Fresh elections and no constitution


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Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai appeared on television late last night to inform the people that the Constituent Assembly have not been able to come up with a new constitution.

The Assembly, which was elected in 2008, has continually failed to carry out its core objective of forming a new constitution along with numerous attempts to form a stable government. The deadline for forming a constitution had been extended four times but last night at midnight the process reached its final deadline, imposed by the Supreme Court, without agreement.

The prime minister announced that the Constituent Assembly no longer existed and fresh elections will be held on 22nd November.

The election date was immediately put in doubt when Acting Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety announced that the Electoral Commission would not be ready. He also announced that the Interim Constitution only allowed for one election and that had taken place on 10th April 2008.

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