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Nepal's Maoists to join constituent assembly

Nepal's Maoist former rebels, elected as the third largest political party in last month's constituent assembly election, agreed Tuesday to join the elected assembly after major parties promised to address their demand for a probe into alleged poll rigging, local media reported. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led by former premier Prachanda had announced an assembly boycott alleging widespread irregularities during the Nov. 19 election. This has delayed the formation of the assembly for three weeks since election results were announced.

Nepal's Maoists agree to join assembly, ending impasse

Nepal's Maoists agreed Tuesday to join the country's constituent assembly, ending a month-long political deadlock and raising hopes of long-awaited political stability in the Himalayan nation. A senior leader said the Maoists, who took power at the ballot box after a decade-long civil war but were routed in last month's election for a new assembly, would join the body after other political parties promised to probe their claims of vote-rigging. "We have agreed to join the assembly and help draft a constitution," senior Maoist official Narayan Kaji Shrestha told AFP.

Nepal political parties begin consultations on first CA meeting

Nepal political parties begin consultations on first CA meeting KATHMANDU, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's major political parties - Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) - began parleys Wednesday to call the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly ( CA) and sort out other contentious issues.

Nepal extends deadline for parties to name lawmakers

Nepal's election commission Tuesday extended its deadline for parties to name proposed lawmakers, giving the routed Maoists more time to consider their options after they claimed the polls were rigged. The November 19 elections for a constituent assembly, expected to draft a constitution, saw the Maoists emerge a distant third behind the Nepali Congress and Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) parties.

Nepal army dismisses Maoist's claim of poll-rigging

Nepal army dismisses Maoist's claim of poll-rigging KATHMANDU, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Nepal Army on Friday dismissed the UCPN (Maoist)'s allegation of poll-rigging, calling it baseless. The UCPN (Maoist) on Wednesday said that the Nepal Army and Election Commission (EC) were involved in the poll-rigging to defeat the party in the Nov. 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) election. The statement comes a day after a probe committee of the Maoist party said the army collected and transported the ballot boxes against the party mandate.

Nepal Maoist probe panel blames electoral body, national army for election fraud

Nepal Maoist probe panel blames electoral body, national army for election fraud KATHMANDU, Dec. 5(Xinhua) -- The UCPN(Maoist), the third largest party in the new Constituent Assembly(CA) has blamed Election Commission and Nepal Army(NA) for engineering a poll- rigging on Nov. 19 Constituent Assembly(CA). An intra-party panel formed by the party to investigate the alleged irregularities blamed the two state institutions for the defeat of the party.

Nepali Congress says it will form next government

The Nepali Congress party said Wednesday it hopes to lead a broad-based coalition after winning the most votes in last month's election, with agreement on a new constitution its top priority. The Nepali Congress, one of the country's oldest parties, won 196 of the 575 seats up for grabs in the November 19 polls, according to the final results, pushing the former ruling Maoists into third place.

Nepali Congress says it will form next government

The Nepali Congress party said Wednesday it plans to lead a broad-based coalition after winning the most votes in last month's election, with agreement on a new constitution its top priority. The Nepali Congress, one of the country's oldest parties, won 196 of the 575 seats up for grabs in the November 19 polls, according to the final results, pushing the former ruling Maoists into third place.

30 parties elected in Nepal's new Constituent Assembly

30 parties elected in Nepal's new Constituent Assembly KATHMANDU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Thirty political parties have been elected in Nepal's November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) which is expected to draft a new constitution within a year, the Election Commission (EC) said Wednesday.

News Analysis: Rising rightist force in Nepal poses challenge to mainstream parties

News Analysis: Rising rightist force in Nepal poses challenge to mainstream parties KATHMANDU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Rastriya Prajatantra Party- Nepal (RPP-N), a rightist party whose main advocacy is the revival of the monarchy and in the restoration of Nepal as a Hindu state, is posing a serious threat to the mainstream parties in the crafting of a new constitution for Nepal. In the recently-concluded election for members of the Constituent Assembly (CA), the RPP-N emerged as the fourth party to garner the highest number of CA delegates.
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