Political Deadlock in Nepal Could Postpone Elections

Key elections scheduled for next month in Nepal may have to be postponed as leaders of the country's ruling parties and former Maoist rebels struggle to break a political deadlock.

Mainstream party leaders announced the possible delay Thursday, after unsuccessful meetings with the former rebels.

The elections slated for November 22 would decide the make-up of a constituent assembly, charged with re-writing the constitution and determining the fate of Nepal's monarchy.

The Maoists want to abolish Nepal's centuries-old monarchy. The group left the coalition government last month following a refusal by other political parties to immediately declare Nepal a republic.

A peace deal last year brought the former rebels into the government after a decade-long insurgency that claimed 14-thousand lives.