Politicians Still Struggling to Agree on a New Government in Late 2012
In Nov. 2012, President Yadav set a Nov. 29 deadline for Nepal's politicians to reach
an agreement for a new government. The process started back in 2008 with the election of a Constituent Assembly. However, since then, the assembly has not agreed on a constitution or how and when to hold more elections. Many deadlines have passed and the only thing they've agreed on was to name Maoist Baburam Bhattarai as prime minister and to select a cabinet.
Yadav's Nov. 29 deadline passed without any progress so he extended it again for another week. Rajendra Dahal, a spokesman for the president, said, "The political parties said they were very much committed to having some conclusion or output with this next week." But Dahal also said that reaching an agreement on a new government was something that could take weeks or months.
The number of political groups is one of the factors that has kept Nepal's politicians in disagreement. The country has more than 35 major political groups.