Nepalese political parties agreed to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly, which is tasked with drafting and developing a new constitution for the country. News agencies have linked the extension of the assembly’s term to Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s resignation on May 29. The prime minister agreed to resign after securing the assurance of Maoist lawmakers that will support the extension of the assembly if he gives up his post, Agence France-Presse reports. The assembly was due to end May 28.

Nepal’s Maoist party leaders staged a nationwide strike in early May to demand the prime minister’s resignation as negotiations for a new constitution reached a political standoff.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.