Nepal PM seeks to finish peace process by Nov-end
Baburam Bhattarai has said he will resign if he fails to complete the peace process with Maoists.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s newly-elected Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has said he will resign if he fails to complete the peace process with Maoists and produce the new Constitution’s first draft by the end of November.
"I have been given a timeframe of the end of November to complete the peace process and make the first draft of the Constitution. I will do my best to meet that target. If I fail in that then I won`t like to continue in this position," he said.
Bhattaria’s efforts may be the last chance to complete the peace progress with the Maoists, which began over five years ago.
Though the Nepal Supreme Court has ruled that the tenure of Constituent Assembly, which is tasked with drafting of a new Constitution, cannot be extended beyond November, Bhattarai said it could be extended on the "Doctrine of Necessity”.
He also denied that India had played a crucial role in his appointment to the post, the BBC reports.
Bhattarai`s Maoist party joined the democratic process in 2006 after a decade-long insurgency, which killed over 15,000 people.
Though he is widely seen as a leader who is committed to completing the peace process, Bhattarai faces strong opposition from a hardline faction within his own party who accuse him of having close ties with India and working to promote the latter’s interests.