Nepal’s opposition demands exit of caretaker gov’t
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Nepal’s opposition demands exit of caretaker gov’t

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of opposition protesters have gathered in Nepal’s capital demanding the immediate exit of the Himalayan nation’s caretaker government.

Nine political parties were part of Friday’s protests.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has been running a caretaker government since May, when the country’s constituent assembly expired. His government failed to hold elections initially planned for November.

Bhattarai has said that elections will be held by May this year, but Nepal’s opposition parties want a new government with representation from all the parties to hold the polls.

Nepal has been unable to draft a constitution since abolishing its monarchy in 2008, and without a charter, the next step for the government is unclear.