KATHMANDU: Nepal’s caretaker government on Thursday announced a general election for November 19, offering fresh hope for an end to the political deadlock crippling the deeply divided nation.
Polls were originally scheduled to be held by the end of June this year but were delayed after the country’s main political parties failed to agree on some crucial electoral issues.
These included whether parties winning less than one percent of the total vote should be eligible under the proportional representation system and if candidates with criminal backgrounds should be allowed to run for election.
The parties failed to reach a consensus but on Sunday agreed to let the interim government, which has been running Nepal since March, set a date for the elections.
“The cabinet meeting decided to hold polls on November 19,” said interim government spokesman Bimal Gautam.