Nepal's president on Thursday gave the restive nation's warring political factions another week to form a national unity government to take Nepal into parliamentary elections next year.
Nepal Maoist supporters chant slogans during a meeting organised by Maoists to mark the 17th anniversary of the start of their "people's war", in Kathmandu, in February 2012. Nepal's Maoists are locked in urgent talks with opposition parties as a deadline passes to form a unity government to end political turmoil and steer the country towards elections.
The decision came after leaders of all the main parties had failed to strike a deal on the political make-up of a proposed new cabinet, missing a 4:00 pm (1015 GMT) deadline despite a final day of frantic negotiations.
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