Nepal`s political crisis deepens as deadline for govt passes
Last Updated: Monday, July 12, 2010, 20:17
Kathmandu: Nepal's bickering political parties Monday failed to meet a crucial second deadline to form a consensus on a new Prime Minister, paving the way for the President to direct the Parliament to elect a majority government.

The political crisis in Nepal deepened after a crucial meeting of the three major parties -- main opposition UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the key alliance partners in the caretaker government -- failed to agree on a name for the post of the Prime Minister based on consensus.

The meeting of three major political parties to form a national consensus government failed to reach any agreement, according to party sources.

President Ram Baran Yadav set a July 7 deadline to suggest a name for the post of the Prime Minister based on consensus following the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on June 30. However, the failure of the parties to meet the deadline forced him to extend it to July 12.

As the deadline set by the President to form a consensus government expired today, the process of forming a majority government would start as per the Article 38 (2) of the Constitution, according to President's press adviser Rajendra Dahal.

Under Article 38 sub clause 1 a consensus government could be formed. Now the President will call upon the political parties to form a majority government.

The support of at least 301 members is needed to form a majority government in the 601 member House.

The meeting was attended by Maoist chairman Prachanda, Nepali Congress acting president Shushil Koirala and CPN-UML president Jhal Nath Khanal.

The Maoists, who ended their decade-long civil war in 2006, have claimed the leadership of new government as it is largest party in Parliament.

On Saturday, the Maoists had presented a three-month road map to complete the peace process by integrating their former combatants and dissolve its paramilitary youth wing in a bid to build a consensus over a national government.

However, it had failed to impress the main political parties, who have asked the Maoists to turn its party in a civilian organisation.

The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML outrightly rejected their new proposal, saying the Maoists were not committed the to the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

There are some 19,000 combatants in different camps.

The ruling alliance has said the Maoists were seeking to integrate their combatants into the army in bulk which is against the peace agreement.


First Published: Monday, July 12, 2010, 20:17

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