Former President Carter Presents Proposal to End Nepal's Political Deadlock

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Former President Jimmy Carter offered a
proposal Saturday to Nepal's government and former communist rebels to help end a political deadlock that has held up the country's

The former guerrillas, known as Maoists, suspended their armed
revolt last year. They signed a peace accord and joined Parliament
and the ruling coalition this year.

However, they quit the government two months ago, demanding that
the monarchy be immediately abolished.

That move forced the postponement of the elections, initially
planned for earlier this week.

No new date has been set.

Carter told reporters he had suggested that all sides should
agree that the monarchy would be abolished immediately after
elections for an assembly to draft a new constitution, and that
minor changes be made to the election system.

Carter, who also visited Nepal in June, gave the proposal to
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala.

Neither the government nor the former rebels immediately reacted
to the proposal.

Carter said they would need time to study it.

Carter held talks with Koirala, the Maoists and leaders of the
main political parties during his four-day visit, which ended

Nepal's government has asked the former president's Carter
Center to observe the election for a Constituent Assembly, which is
to rewrite the constitution and decide the country's future
political system.

The assembly would have the option of restoring the monarchy if
it were abolished as Carter suggested.

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