Key elections scheduled for next month in Nepal may have to be postponed as leaders of the country's ruling parties and former Maoist rebels struggle to break a political deadlock.
Mainstream party leaders announced the possible delay Thursday, after unsuccessful meetings with the former rebels.
The elections slated for November 22 would decide the make-up of a constituent assembly, charged with re-writing the constitution and determining the fate of Nepal's monarchy.
The Maoists want to abolish Nepal's centuries-old monarchy. The group left the coalition government last month following a refusal by other political parties to immediately declare Nepal a republic.
A peace deal last year brought the former rebels into the government after a decade-long insurgency that claimed 14-thousand lives.