Nepal sets up top panel to amend rules for PM election

Nepal set up a top panel to amend the rules for the election of a prime minister, following the withdrawal of sole Nepali Congress candidate R C Poudyal from the deadlocked race.

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal on Thursday set up a top panel
to amend the rules for the election of a prime minister,
following the withdrawal of sole Nepali Congress candidate R C
Poudyal from the deadlocked race.

A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the
Parliament formed a five-member panel to propose amendment to
the parliamentary regulations for a meaningful election of a
prime minister.

The Parliament has failed to elect a new Prime
Minister even after 16th round of election under the existing
regulations.

Nepali Congress yesterday withdrew Poudyal ahead of
the 17th run-off poll, amid intense pressure from its allies
and the main Opposition in a bid to end the over six months
long deadlock in Nepal.

The panel has been tasked to amend the existing
provisions so that the Prime Ministerial election would be
meaningful and to clarify various matters relating to the
election procedure, said panel member Gayatri Shah of the
Nepal Janata Dal.

The lawmakers felt the need to amend the existing
regulations so that the futile election would not be repeated
in future again, she said.

The panel members representing the main parties - Ek
Raj Bhandari of the main opposition UCPN (Maoist), Radheshyam
Adhikari of Nepali Congress (NC), Agni Kharel of the CPN-UML,
Anil Kumar Jha of Sadbhavana Party and Shah of Nepal Janata
Dal - have been asked to table their report in the next
session of parliament scheduled for January 17.

Nepali Congress, the second largest party, formally
decided to withdraw Poudyal 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 deadlock in Nepal`s peace process has sparked
concern among the international community as the United
Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which has been tasked to
monitor the peace process since 2007, prepares to wrap up its
mission on January 15.

PTI