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Nepal Opposition, Maoist Rebels Reject New PM

New Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba appealed to Maoist guerrillas on Friday to resume talks, but the rebels and the biggest political party rejected his appointment, saying it would not end the kingdom’s woes. Deuba, who was re-instated earlier this week as prime minister by King Gyanendra after a two year interval, said he would do everything he could to hold elections next year and make peace with the rebels, who control a vast swathe of the countryside. The three-way tussle for power between the king, political parties and the rebels has brought Nepal to the brink of anarchy and piled more misery onto the people of one of the world’s poorest but most beautiful countries. “Enough is enough, war is enough, nobody is going to win, the country is going to lose,” Deuba told Reuters in his first interview less than 24 hours after being sworn in. Full Story

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