No president`s rule in Nepal: Official
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 18:43
Kathmandu: Amid the deadlock over extending the term of the Constituent Assembly beyond May 28, a top official on Wednesday ruled out the imposition of president’s rule in Nepal.

There won't be any presidential rule in the country even after May 28 when the Constituent Assembly term expires, said Rajendra Dahal, Press Adviser to President Dr Ram Baran Yadav.

Since the constitution has not vested any executive power in the president, it would not be possible to impose president’s rule, he said. There is no legal ground that allows the president to impose his rule, he said in western Nepal's Dang district.

Dahal’s remark comes in the wake of speculations that president's rule may be imposed in the country after the expiry of the Constituent Assembly and the failure of the political parties to find a consensus to extend its term.

Nepal government has registered a motion in the 601-member Constituent Assembly to extend its term by one year to avoid possible constitutional crisis after May-end deadline.

However, the support of the Unified CPN-Maoist, which has nearly 35 percent of the seats in the House, is necessary for the passage of the resolution by required two-thirds majority.

Dahal said the present political crisis is the result of lack of trust among the political parties.

There is no other option than forging cooperation and unity among the political parties to resolve the crisis, he said.

Asking the political parties to build a consensus on the issue, he said three the major political parties -- CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML -- have made the Assembly a hostage.

In a bid to prevent a constitutional crisis, the Nepal government has tabled a key amendment to the Interim Constitution to extend the Assembly's tenure by a year amid its failure to promulgate a new Constitution by May 28.

The Maoists, who have refused to cooperate with the government's decision, want Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to quit and formation of a new coalition government led by them to rescue the peace process and draft a new constitution.


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 18:43

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