President intervenes as Nepal's cash crisis deepens
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's president on Monday gave warring political factions three days to avert a budget crisis that could leave 500,000 public workers unpaid, and also to agree a date for elections.
Nepal has not had a parliament or fully functioning government since June and the Maoist caretaker administration has failed to fulfil a pledge to arrange polls which were due this week.
The Himalayan country's opposition parties have said they will not agree on a new election date or support the budget without the resignation of Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.
Nepal has been surviving on emergency funds but they ran out last week.