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KATMANDU — Nepal’s prime minister has accepted the resignation of a Maoist minister who had complained of a lack of cooperation from his government partners, officials said yesterday.
“Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala accepted Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Matrika Yadav’s resignation today [Friday],” said government spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is also a Maoist minister.
Mr. Yadav, one of the five Maoists given ministerial roles in April, submitted his resignation letter last week saying other parties in the coalition government were not cooperating and the demands of minority groups had gone unheeded.
Former diplomat elected vice president
Mr. Ansari, nominated by India’s ruling Congress party, won 455 votes, more than double the number cast for Najma Heptullah, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, in elections in New Delhi, the official said.
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