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Political forces decide to take alternative political course for nomination of the new PM: Top leaders of the major political forces on December 19 decided to take an alternative political course for nomination of the new PM. They decided to suggest to the president to appoint prime minister on the recommendation of the major political parties if the PM doesn't agree on the political understanding reached among the major parties. Republica, December 20, 2012.

President Ram Baran Yadav gives political parties five more days: President Ram Baran Yadav on December 18 gave political parties five more days (until December 22), to name a consensus candidate for premiership. This is the fifth time the President has extended his deadline to political parties to form a Government of national consensus. Nepal News, December 19, 2012.

Integration chapter of former PLA commanders officially comes to an end: In a move that marks the closure of the integration chapter of former Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) commanders, the Prime Minister-led Special Committee on December 14 gave the go-ahead to the Government to establish a general directorate in the Nepal Army (NA). The cross-party committee decided to close its secretariat effective from December 15 and form a three-member coordination committee to resolve possible disputes during training of the 1,442 former fighters. The committee will be headed by Secretariat Coordinator Balananda Sharma and will have a representative each from the Nepal Army and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M). eKanntipur, December 15, 2012.

President Ram Baran Yadav further extends the deadline for consensus till December 17: President Ram Baran Yadav on December 13 further extended the deadline for political forces to reach an agreement on a common prime ministerial candidate and form a consensus Government by five days (till December 17, today). The President extended the deadline after holding discussions with the chiefs of the four major political forces. Himalayan Times, December 14, 2012.

President Ram Baran Yadav extends deadline for the formation of NCG by six days: President Ram Baran Yadav on December 7 extended the deadline for the formation of consensus Government by six days. The earlier fixed deadline had expired on December 6. Republica, December 8, 2012.

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