Nepal leader promises to adopt new constitution in 18 months

Nepal leader promises to adopt new constitution in 18 months
Nepal leader promises to adopt new constitution in 18 months

Although a timetable hasn't been officially announced, Deputy Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli told The Associated Press he expected "a constituent assembly within 12 months, and within 18 months a constitution will be formulated. This is my calculation."

It was the first time that a Nepalese official set a timeframe for the process of writing Nepal's new constitution -a key demand for political parties and communist rebels whose loose alliance last month forced King Gyanendra to end his direct authoritarian rule.

On Wednesday, the rebels announced a three-person team was ready for peace talks, but the Maoist chief wouldn't take part.