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Nepal leader to form new coalition government

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm •  Published: May 2, 2012

Bhattarai, deputy leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), had formed the government last year with the support of smaller parties in the assembly.

It is still unclear whether the new coalition government will be able to finalize the constitution by the deadline. The main sticking points include the number of federal states that Nepal would have and who would be the executive head of the country.

The debate has at times become violent. In the southern town of Janakpur, a bomb killed four people Monday at a rally where protesters were demanding a separate state.

A new constitution is a key part of the peace process that began in 2006 after Maoist rebels gave up their armed revolt and joined mainstream politics.