Nepalese political parties have reached an agreement on forming a new government, after weeks of deadlock.
of the seven parties in the interim government agreed Wednesday
that the new constituent assembly will vote on the country's
leadership, including Nepal's first president.
Nepal has been in
political limbo since May, when lawmakers voted to abolish the
centuries-old monarchy and establish the country as a republic.
Gyanendra has since left the royal palace. Nepal's Maoists, meanwhile,
have pressured Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to step down.
communist rebels won the most seats in April's election of a new
constituent assembly, but must form a coalition government with other
Separately, the United Nations World
Food Program Wednesday said roughly 2.5 million
Nepalis are in need of immediate food aid, and many more are at risk of
becoming food insecure due to rising prices.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.