Political impasse continues in Nepal ahead of fresh poll

With the Nepali Congress remaining adamant not to withdraw its candidate, Nepal appeared to be headed for a continued political impasse with tomorrow`s eighth round of election unlikely to throw up a new Prime Minister.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 18:42 PM IST

Kathmandu: With the Nepali Congress
remaining adamant not to withdraw its candidate, Nepal
appeared to be headed for a continued political impasse with
tomorrow`s eighth round of election unlikely to throw up a new
Prime Minister.

The two main political parties, Maoists and the ruling
CPN-UML, have already announced boycotting tomorrow`s poll,
which means that even if all the remaining parties vote they
will not be able to muster the magical figure of 301.

Newly elected Nepali Congress general secretary
Prakash Man Singh said that his party will not withdraw
its candidate during tomorrow`s election for Prime Minister.

The Nepali Congress was busy for a week during its
12th general convention that elected Sushil Koirala as
president to succeed late Girija Prasad Koirala.

Although the Maoists have announced that Prachanda
would quit the race after reaching an agreement with the
CPN-UML chairman Jhal Nath Khanal, Prachanda has not yet
officially withdrawn the candidacy.

The election process will continue tomorrow as we have
already participated in the majority voting procedure, he
said.

Singh said that Nepali Congress will hold dialogue
with other parties to resolve the present political stalemate
once the party completes electing all of its central members.

He asked the Maoists to create an atmosphere of trust
by ending the politics of arms and sincerely implement the
past agreements relating to the peace process.

He called the Maoists to show its credibility by
shunning violence, dismantling their paramilitary structure of
Young Communists League, returning seized properties to their
rightful owners and completing the management of the arms and
the combatants on the basis of consensus reached with other
political parties.

PTI