Nepal govt rules out emergency after May 28

Nepal govt ruled out the imposition of emergency even after the expiry of the term of the current Constituent Assembly on May 28.

Kathmandu: As the deadlock over the
promulgation of a new constitution continued in Nepal, the
government on Saturday ruled out the imposition of emergency even
after the expiry of the term of the current Constituent
Assembly on May 28.

There will be no emergency rule in the country even
after the Constituent Assembly`s term expires on May 28, said
Shanker Pokharel, the Information and Communication Minister
and government spokesman.

Even if the political parties fail to reach an
understanding to extend the tenure of the 601-member
Constituent Assembly, the government will not be dissolved and
the status quo will be maintained, he said.

He said the government will do everything to avert a
constitutional crisis and there is no need to worry about what
happens after May 28.

Pokharel rejected the Maoists` demand for the
resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal as he
commands majority support in the Parliament.

"There is no way other than the Parliamentary
procedure to oust the Prime Minister and he is not going to
quit under Maoists` pressure tactics," he said at a press
conference in the capital on Saturday.

Nepalese political leaders are set to miss a May 28
deadline to finish the drafting of a new constitution at the
end of this month as stipulated by the 2006 peace process that
ended the decade-long civil war by the Maoists.

Leaders of the three major political parties -- main
Opposition CPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the prime
minister`s Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist)
-- have held separate meetings but failed to reach an
agreement to end the standoff that threatens the country`s
peace process.

The Constituent Assembly, two years ago, vowed to
draft a new constitution by May 28 to institutionalise the
achievements of the `People`s Movement` of 2006, and complete
the peace process that brought the Maoists into mainstream

Pokharel blamed the Maoists, the largest party in the
Constituent Assembly, for the failure to draft the
constitution on time. The government does not have any special
responsibility on constitution making and it is just a
facilitator, he underlined.

He said there has been informal parleys with the
Maoists to diffuse the crisis, though no formal dialogue has
started as the main Opposition has set the prime minister`s
resignation as condition to end the deadlock.


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