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Nepal parties fail to work out deal on CJ-led election govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 23:16

Kathmandu: Though the major political parties in Nepal have in principle agreed to form an election government led by the Chief Justice, efforts to clinch a "package deal" to end the political deadlock remained inconclusive.

Two rounds of meetings held on Tuesday ended without making any decision regarding the formation of the new government after the leaders failed to sort out differences, highly placed sources said.

The leaders were working out a package deal on key issues including peace process, constitution drafting, formation of government and election procedure.

As they needed more time for discussion to narrow down differences they have decided to again meet tomorrow, sources said.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi is learnt to have expressed his dissatisfaction over the 9-point deal the political parties were finalising to form an election government.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today, Regmi requested him to review some of the clauses in the agreement, it is learnt.

Nepali Congress Vice-president Ramchandra Poudyal said that "his party is ready to address the concern shown by the Chief Justice."

Chief Justice Regmi was hesitating to accept the top post after learning that some smaller parties raised objection to the move to appoint him as head of the election government.

A case was also filed in the Supreme Court against the move to form chief justice-led government.

However, the hearing of the case which was scheduled for today was postponed due to time constraint.

Talking to reporters, Information Minister and government spokesperson Raj Kishor Yadav said that Regmi had requested Prime Minister Bhattarai to amend some of the clauses in the nine-point deal.

The top leaders of the four major political parties are also scheduled to meet Chief Justice Regmi tomorrow to request him to accept the top post by addressing his concerns.

In the wake of media reports that the chief justice has refused to head the election government, Bhattarai refuted such claims saying the top judge was ready to shoulder the responsibility.

Nepal has been gripped by a constitutional and political crisis since May last year when the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without drafting the constitution.

Elections promised for November were also shelved amid serious differences among the main political parties over who should lead a national unity government, further deepening the crisis.

Since then, President Ram Baran Yadav has unsuccessfully tried several times to get all parties together to agree on a national consensus government to break the deadlock.


First Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 23:15

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