MPs in Nepal have voted for an extension to the parliament’s term, paving the way for an end to political deadlock that has caused international concern.
The parliament, elected in 2008 after a decade of civil war, had been due to expire yesterday. Opposition Maoists and Communists came on board after the prime minister agreed to resign, approving the last-minute extension and resolving try to form a new national consensus government.
“The important thing is that the tenure of the Constituent Assembly has been extended,” said the prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. “We’ve gained more time which we need to use to take the peace process towards a positive end.”
Nepal abolished its monarchy two years ago and turned into a republic. Instability could have consequences for neighbouring China and India.
Yesterday thousands of protesters demonstrated in front of the parliament in Katmandu demanding the prime minister’s resignation.
The Maoists, who have the most number of seats in parliament, want to lead a national unity government and oversee preparations for a new constitution to end years of civil war and strife.