Nepal to decide and announce election date Friday

Nepal's Cabinet was meeting Friday to decide on a date for polls to elect a Constituent Assembly to map the country's political future, a government minister said. The government was expected to announce the date later Friday, said Ramesh Lekhak, minister for works and transport, adding that the vote would likely be set for the second week of April. An election for the Constituent Assembly - which would rewrite Nepal's constitution and decide on a new political system for the Himalayan nation - was first scheduled for June 20, but was postponed because the government failed to enact sufficient election laws. A second poll set for November 22 was pushed back after the Maoists - former rebels who only months earlier had ended an insurgency and joined the political mainstream - withdrew from the government.