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Prime Minister Bhattarai rules out resignation: Prime Minister (PM) Baburam Bhattarai on August 28 on completion of one year in office defended the actions of the Government and ruled out resignation. Bhattarai claimed that he made all possible attempts to reach out to the leaders of the opposition parties for consensus. PM said that the parties now have no choice other than arriving at a consensus and said he was fully prepared to make way for a consensus government, but resigning without consensus might invite chaos in the country. The Hindu; Nepal News, August 29, 2012.

Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha says Government ready to quit if parties forge agreement on peace, statute: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha on August 20 said that Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist) is ready to quit Government if the parties forge agreement on peace and constitution. Shrestha said his party is open to discussion on a formation of a new government if that creates an enabling atmosphere towards forging national consensus. Nepal News, August 21, 2012.

President Ram Baran Yadav turns down two election-related ordinances: President Ram Baran Yadav on August 17 turned down two election-related ordinances, presented to him by the Government on July 27. The ordinances were related to the amendment to the Election Act and the Election to the Constituent Assembly (CA). According to the President Office, President did not see any relevance of introducing the ordinance at the moment in view of the Election Commission's official notice to the Government that the conducting the election on November 22 would not be possible due to lack of political consensus and necessary laws. Nepal News, August 18, 2012.

21-party 'federal alliance' unveiled formally: Unified Communist party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist)-led Federal Democratic Alliance (FDRA) of 21 political parties was formally announced on August 15. UCPN-M 'chairman' Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda heads the alliance. The FDRA consists of all the allies in the ruling coalition, including the Madheshi Front and some fringe political parties. Prem Bahadur Singh, a former minister and the chairman of Loktantrik Samajbadi Dal, has been appointed its spokesperson. Nepal News, August 16, 2012.

Janajatis unveil party name and policy: Janajati (indigenous people) leaders and intellectuals on August 9 announced the proposed name and the manifesto of the proposed party, the day the country marked the International Day of Indigenous People. The proposed 'Social Democratic Pluri-National Party' will aim to include people from all social, political and ethnic backgrounds, leaders said. eKantipur, August 10, 2012.

UCPN-M chairman Prachanda steps up efforts to strike a "working alliance" with the Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist: Unified Communist party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda has stepped up efforts to strike a "working alliance" with the Mohan Baidya led CPN-Maoist-Baidya. "Dahal is working to build an alliance with the CPN-Maoist to boost his strength in national politics," said leader Khajaraj Bhatta. Leaders close to Dahal said that he has already held talks with Baidya and urged him to maintain a working alliance. eKantipur, August 7, 2012.

'Won't spare leaders who want PLA to surrender', says Fifth Division 'brigade commander' Dipendra Shahi: The 'brigade commander' of the Fifth Division of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Dipendra Shahi said that they would not allow those leaders who wanted the PLA to surrender on the pretext that they were disqualified. "We know them and would take necessary action against them after leaving the cantonment," he stated. Himalayan Times, August 1, 2012.

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