Nepal’s Prime Minister Steps Down

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KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Nepali Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resigned Sunday evening after just seven months in the post.

Khanal had said early this month he would step down unless there was “concrete progress” toward peace with Maoist opposition forces, The Hindu reported. Talks that included Khanal, Maoist leaders and other stakeholders the past two weeks, including Sunday, failed to produce a breakthrough.

Khanal submitted his resignation to the country’s president and was expected to address Parliament Monday, the English-language Indian newspaper said.

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