Nepalese President holds crucial talks amid deepening crisis
Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 23:52
Kathmandu: President Ram Baran Yadav held crucial meetings with Nepal's top leaders Sunday amid speculation that the political crisis had deepened after lawmakers from a key party supporting the government sought a change in the leadership of the CPN-UML led coalition.

President Yadav intensified consultation with the top leaders, including Maoist supremo Prachanda, CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal and Nepali Congress acting president Shushil Koirala, regarding the stalled peace process and the delay in the drafting of the new constitution.

Yadav earlier met with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to discuss the political developments in the country.

President Yadav earlier expressed concern over delay in the drafting of the constitution and concluding the peace process due to widening differences among the parties.

Yadav is learnt to have advised the prime minister to create environment for timely promulgation of the constitution.

The political leaders are struggling to meet a May 28 deadline to finish the drafting of the constitution as stipulated by the peace process. Disagreements persist on such fundamental issues as the structure of the national government and the creation of federal states.

Some lawmakers from the Nepali Congress, a key ally of the CPN-UML in the government, today pushed for a change of guard in the government, the Himalayan Times online said today.

During the Parliamentary Party meet of the Nepali Congress today, they described the CPN UML-led government a "failure", the report said. The lawmakers argued that continuing the support to the government would undermine the credibility of the party.

Several lawmakers also raised concerns over the dismal performance of ministers representing the party in the coalition.

Nepal's parliament began its winter session today amid deadlock among the political parties over the Maoists' demand for the integration of its former guerrillas who are housed in different UNMIN-supervised camps.

Political tensions have been high in Nepal since a government led by the Maoists resigned earlier last year amid a dispute with the President over the reinstatement of former army chief Rukmangad Katawal, who was dismissed by the Prachanda-led government last May. The Maoists want the government disbanded, followed by the formation of a new coalition government led by them.

Analysts fear that the death former Nepalese leader Girija Prasad Koirala, who was instrumental in bringing the Maoists to mainstream politics after a decade-long insurgency in 2006, could derail the faltering peace process.


First Published: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 23:52

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