KATHMANDU, Jan 10: President Ram Baran Yadav extended the deadline given to political parties to come up with a consensus prime ministerial candidate to head new election government for the eighth time on Thursday at the request of the leaders of the major political parties.
A statement issued by the president´s office said the head of state has given the parties January 14 deadline.
UCPN (Maoist) leaders including party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Amik Sherchan; Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and leader Ram Chandra Paudel, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal and Madhav Kumar Nepal attended the meeting with the president.
Though the president this time extended the deadline, leaders privy to the development said Yadav is in a mood to stop the process as it yielded no result. The president had initiated the formal process on November 23 last year after his repeated informal calls didn´t produce any result.
"It seems that this process will be given continuity for a couple of days more but we have suggested to the president to conclude the process and search for a breakthrough through an alternative way," former prime minister Nepal told reporters while emerging from the president´s office.