Nepalese president summons parliament session

The first session of newly elected Constituent Assembly in Nepal will be held on January 26.

PTI| Updated: Jan 19, 2014, 20:23 PM IST

Kathmandu: The first session of newly elected Constituent Assembly in Nepal will be held on January 26.

The session was called following the recommendation of Chairman of interim government Khil Raj Regmi, President Ram Baran Yadav`s office said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, the Council of Ministers recommended to the President to convene the meeting on January 26.
The 601-member Constituent Assembly, which was elected in November and will serve as a legislative body, is expected to deliver a new constitution.

The process of formation of the new government will start as soon as the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly takes place.

Nepali Congress has staked claim to form the government.

However, the party needs support from other parties, as it has not secured simple majority.
Nepal has been facing a constitutional crisis since the 10-year civil war ended in 2006. It deepened in 2012 when the first Constituent Assembly elected in 2008 was dissolved without promulgating the constitution.

Referring to his 13-point note of dissent in November 2004 after the party`s meeting, Bhattarai also demanded decentralisation of power in the party among other leaders.

"In the changed context of the 21st century, a communist party cannot survive in Nepal or any other part of the world by centralising all power in a single person," he said.

"The incumbent leader should guide the party through his ideas after handing over responsibility for overseeing the party organisation to other leaders."

A Central Committee member Nawaraj Subedi told reporters: "Bhattarai put forth his opinion clearly for changing the leadership but he did not clarify who should leave - the chairman or his entire team."

Bhattarai has been dissenting with the party leadership for long and advocating inner party democracy.

Last year, he quit the party vice president`s post when he had some differences with Prachanda over his working style.

The party leadership has also come under attack from workers for pursuing a luxurious life style, which is contrary to the party`s ideology.

A faction of hardliners led by Mohan Vaidya last year split the party and formed the CPN-Maoist (Vaidya).

After the division in the party, Prachanda was also blamed for his inability to keep the party organisation intact.