Nepal's president gave the government and opposition parties until Aug. 21 to form a national government after Nepal's prime minister resigned following six months of stalemate.
Nepal, which pulled out of civil war in 2006, has had three coalition governments in three years. Lawmakers just agreed to extend parliament by three months, but few are hopeful they'll soon resolve thorny issues.
Nepal's Maoists ended a six-day general strike that had angered citizens and prompted 10,000 people to demonstrate in Kathmandu Friday. The move may signal their willingness to adopt a more conciliatory political stance.
Former insurgents have surprised Nepalis and marginalized moderates.