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No president`s rule in Nepal: Official

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
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

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
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

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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