Nepal Prez asks political parties to form national govt

Last Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 17:05

Kathmandu: Amid fears of chaos in Nepal
following the end of the UN peace mission, President Ram Baran
Yadav has asked the deadlocked political parties to form a new
government based on consensus before January 21.

Yadav, the first president of the Republic, called on
the political parties yesterday to elect a Prime Minister
before January 21 and form a new government on the basis of
national consensus, according to the President`s Office.

The President`s call comes after Nepali Congress, the
second largest party, withdrew its sole Prime Ministerial
candidate R C Poudyal last week, paving the way for a fresh
process to elect a new leader.

Nepali Congress decided to ask Poudyal to quit the
race amid intense pressure from its key coalition partner
CPN-UML, main opposition UCPN (Maoist) and from within the
party in a bid to build a consensus to end the deadlock that
has derailed the 2006 peace process.

The Parliament had rejected Poudyal in 16th rounds of
voting since the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar
Nepal.

As Nepal remained in a political deadlock, the UN`s
blue flag was lowered at the Kathmandu office of the UNMIN,
which was established by the world body as a special political
mission in 2007 to manage the arms and armed personnel of the
Maoists and the Nepal Army.

The UNMIN closure makes the fate of the 19,000 Maoist
combatants confined in the cantonments uncertain as there was
no clear roadmap regarding the future monitoring, integration
and rehabilitation of the former PLA combatants.

Issuing a message at the closure of the UN Mission in
Nepal, UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon expressed regret over
the "insufficient progress made" made so far in the peace
process and encourages the parties "to redouble their efforts
to build the confidence that can bring progress on all fronts
of Nepal`s peace process."

UNMIN chief Karin Landgren said "there are, most
immediately, outstanding issues in relation to the future of
the arms and armies".

The waring political parties claimed to have reached
an agreement on monitoring of the former armed Maoist cadres
lodged in special camps overseen by the UN mission.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and UCPN-Maoist
chairman Prachanda inked a three-point deal yesterday to form
a six-member team to monitor the arms and armies of both
Maoist and the government.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 17:05

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