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Interim leader to guide Nepal elections

KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s chief judge was named head of an interim government Thursday in an attempt by the Himalayan country’s main political parties to cure the paralysis that has blocked elections for months.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav. He nominated former bureaucrats Madhav Ghimire as home minister and Hari Prasad Neupane as law minister.

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An agreement signed late Wednesday night by leaders of Nepal’s four main political parties says that Regmi will have an 11-member Cabinet, and that the interim government will hold elections by June 21.

Smaller parties oppose the move. Protesters vandalized government vehicles, shutting down the country for hours.

Regmi will set aside his court duties but will return as chief justice when his tenure leading the government ends. His title is chairman of the interim election government.

‘‘The priority and the main task of this government is to hold elections, and I am determined to fulfill that,’’ Regmi said.

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