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.

PTI



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

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