Patience fading for Nepali judge turned premier
KATMANDU (AP) - When Nepal's chief justice was named head of an interim government in March, he promised he would serve only as a caretaker until he could oversee elections in June that were supposed to usher the country into an era of political stability.
Those elections never happened, and newly scheduled November polls are in doubt as well.
Meanwhile, the South Asian country - known to most outsiders for its majestic mountains and exotic, ancient culture - remains mired in political deadlock, still looking for a transition from a bloody civil war and repressive monarchy to peace and democracy.
The chief justice and interim government chief, Khilraj Regmi, has shocked even some of his supporters by proposing an extensive budget, making sweeping bureaucratic changes and exercising the full power of a prime minister.