Nepal has slipped further into a deepening political crisis after lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus on drawing a new constitution before the deadline, expiring on May 27, thus leaving the country with no legal government. Though the Prime Minister has called for fresh elections on November 22, many have contested his legitimacy. Claiming that Nepal has no other option, Prime Minister Bhattarai has stated that he will lead an interim government until the November elections.
Most political parties in Nepal are strictly divided and the country has been put on high alert to brace for street protests and riots, demanding the resignation of the “Prime Minister.” The deadline for finalizing a con- stitution has been delayed four times but the Supreme Court rejected any further extensions. Many analysts felt that all Nepalese political parties were finally inching closer to drawing a conclusion. However, the Constituent Assembly was unable to reach an agreement and was promptly dissolved as political parties were unable to agree on the issue of whether states should be divided along ethnic lines.
Three political parties have already resigned from the Maoist-led coalition with more expected to abandon the ruling party, over the next few weeks.