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Nepal Maoists to join new constituent assembly

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, speaks during a press conference in Kathmandu on November 21, 2013 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Maoist leader Prachanda became Nepal's first post-war prime minister in 2008

Nepal's Maoist party has agreed to join the country's new constituent assembly, ending a month of political deadlock.

A senior party leader said the decision came after other major parties had promised to investigate allegations of vote rigging in elections last month.

The Maoists, previously the largest party in government, came third with only 80 out of 575 seats in the vote.

The centrist Nepali Congress party won most seats, followed by the Communist Party of Nepal (UML).

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