Cabinet resigns


The Nepalese Cabinet resigned en masse on Thursday night in order to allow for a new government to be formed which will be charged with agreeing a new draft constitution by the current 27th May deadline.

The current parliament was elected in 2008 with the main task to complete a new constitution within two years. The 2010 deadline was reached and passed without agreement and the deadline has been repeatedly moved back. However, now the Supreme Court has ruled that the 27th May deadline cannot be changed, leading to the current crisis.

According to the PTI news agency, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha announced the resignation of all the Maoist ministers while Minister for Physical Planning made a similar announcement on behalf of the ministers representing the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will form the new government and if a draft constitution is completed by the end of the month then he will stand down and new elections will be held within the year.

The new formula seems little different to previous attempts to break the deadlock over the constitution and there is no guarantee that the different parties will reach agreement by 27th May.

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