President asks Maoists to form government, ex-rebels say no

July 30th, 2008 - 1:12 pm ICT by IANS  

By Sudeshna Sarkar
Kathmandu, July 30 (IANS) Nepal’s new President Ram Baran Yadav has stepped in to end the country’s deepening political crisis and invited the Maoists to form the new government within seven days, but the former guerrillas have rejected the call and accused him of overstepping his powers. After three months without a government and growing discord between the Maoists - who emerged as the largest party in the April election - and caretaker Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and his Nepali Congress party, the president made a surprise move Tuesday night, asking the Maoists to prove their majority in the house and form the new government.

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