Nepalese SC asks parliament speaker to end political deadlock

Nepalese Supreme Court has directed Parliament Speaker Subash Nembang to take appropriate alternative steps to end the current political deadlock over the "meaningless" process to elect a prime minister.

Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 00:44 AM IST

Kathmandu: Nepalese Supreme Court has
directed Parliament Speaker Subash Nembang to take appropriate
alternative steps to end the current political deadlock over
the "meaningless" process to elect a prime minister, which has
affected drafting of a new constitution.

A division bench of justices Kalyan Shrestha and
Girish Chandra Lal issued the order yesterday in response to a
Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocates Prabhu
Krishna Koirala and Chudamani Poudyal.

Both the lawyers had sought the apex court`s
intervention in declaring sole prime ministerial candidate
from the Nepali Congress Ramchandra Poudyal elected. The
bench, however, refused to issue mandamus order to declare
Paudel as elected unopposed.

Saying that the current "meaningless" election is
hampering the constitution drafting process, the apex court
said the speaker himself possesses all the authority needed to
find a way out from the current deadlock.

Nepal`s Parliament has failed to produce a new prime
minister even after 16 rounds of poll. The next round of poll
is scheduled to take place on November 15.

Meanwhile, leaders of three major political parties
once again held a secret meeting at a resort in Gokarna forest
in the eastern Kathmandu which ended inconclusively.

However, the participants of the meeting claim that
their differences have been reduced and understanding has been
widened and expect that the current deadlock will end within a
few days.

PTI