Nepal govt forms committee to pacify dissident parties

Last Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 22:58

Kathmandu: In a bid to hold elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal by the third week of June, a 3-member coordination committee headed by the Home Minister was formed on Friday to pacify the disgruntled groups and fringe political parties opposing the election.

Following a meeting of High Level Political Committee involving the four major parties, the Cabinet meeting on Friday decided to pacify the dissident groups and persuaded them to join the Constituent Assembly election.

Chairman of the Interim Government Khil Raj Regmi presided over the Cabinet meeting.

Some two dozen fringe parties including the CPN-Maoist, breakaway faction of the UCPN-Maoist, have been protesting against the purported Constituent Assembly elections as agreed by the major four forces and have been obstructing the elections related works in various parts of the country.

According to Information and Communications Minister Madhav Paudel, the committee headed by Minister for Home Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire comprises two other ministers -- Paudel himself and Minister for Health Vidhyadhar Mallik.

The committee has been entrusted with the responsibility to hold talks with the dissenting parties and organisations to create conducive atmosphere for polls.

Although the government has not yet finalised the election date, speculation is rife that elections could not be held before November despite efforts made by parties to hold the polls by third week of June.

Months of political and constitutional crisis in Nepal ended on March 14 with Chief Justice Regmi`s appointment as the country`s new Prime Minister to head an interim government that will hold elections to 601-member Constituent Assembly on June 21.

Nepal had plunged into a serious crisis after the political parties failed to deliver a constitution before the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in May last year as differences climaxed over the issue of federal structure and forms of governance to be incorporated in the constitution.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 22:58

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