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Resolve crisis through consensus: Nepal President

Last Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 17:53

Kathmandu: Amid continued political stalemate in Nepal, President Ram Baran Yadav has asked Maoist chief Prachanda to find a way out by forging a consensus among parties.

Yadav said this when UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda called on him and held discussion yesterday in an attempt to break the current political deadlock that has remained since the Constituent Assembly was dissolved on May 27 without promulgating the constitution as the major parties had differences on key issues, including the type of federal structure and forms of governance.

During the meeting they discussed mainly the issues relating to the ongoing political deadlock, constitution drafting and formation of a national government, according to sources close to the President`s office.

The President has asked the chief of the ruling UCPN-Maoist party to find a way out from the current political stalemate on the basis of consensus among political parties, President`s Press adviser Rajendra Dahal said.

When Prachanda floated a new formula to end the stalemate, the president told him that he has no objection to any proposal that would come up through political consensus, the press adviser said without giving details of the discussion.

Former Prime Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal has accused that UCPN-Maoist is not serious about resolving the political crisis facing the county.

The former Prime Minister slammed the Maoist leader saying that his party is hindering the process of building national consensus.
He also accused the Maoist chief of accumulating fund for the party through the aid of incumbent Maoist-led government.

Nepali Congress Vice-president Ramchandra Poudyal has proposed reinstatement of the dissolved Constituent Assembly in order to draft the new constitution by resolving contentious issues of the constitution drafting through consensus.

Those who are opposing the idea to reinstate the Constituent Assembly should give an alternative, Poudyal said.

It is not appropriate to hold the fresh elections without forming a national consensus government, he argued.

Bilateral and multilateral talks among the political parties are expected to intensify as the week-long government holiday ends on Monday.

Nepali Congress, the main opposition party is organising a protest rally in Kathmandu on November 9 to pressurise Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to step down and pave the way for the formation of a national consensus government.

The opposition parties are looking to put renewed pressure on Prime Minister Bhattarai to quit.


First Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 17:53

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