Nepalese parties seek end to deadlock amid top court's order
Kathmandu: Nepalese political parties will hold a key meeting tomorrow as directed by the Supreme Court to end the deadlock over a new government that has brought the nation on the brink of a financial crisis.
Subhash Nemwang, the Speaker of the Parliament, has stepped up consultations with leaders of various political parties to forge a consensus after he was ordered by?the apex court to intervene to end the futile election for a new Prime Minister.
Sixteen rounds of election in Parliament have failed to end the deadlock, with the sole candidate for Prime Minister Ram Chandra Poudyal unable to get the required 301 votes. The next round of election is schduled to take place on Monday.
Few expect Poudyal, who is determined not to withdraw from the race, to win a majority.
Following the Supreme Court's order, Nepal Congress has asked the Speaker to declare Poudyal the winner as he is the sole candidate for the top post.
A meeting of the seven political parties called by the Nemwang Sunday ended inconclusively.
"We held discussions on various unclear explanations directed by the Court's verdict regarding the PM elections," Nemwang said. "However, no concrete decision was made as leaders presented different interpretations of the verdict."
The Maoists, CPN-UML and the Madhesi alliance have been staying away from the election process as they want the formation of a national government.
The Nepali Congress has turned down numerous calls from the Maoists and CPN-UML to quit the 'futile' election and sit for dialogue for a government of national unity.
Nepali Congress has ruled out the possibility of forming the next government with the Maoists' leadership till the former rebels lay down their arms, integrate their combatants with the security forces and dissolve the paramilitary organisation of their youth wing, Young Communist League, so that the peace process could be completed.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has expressed confidence that the meeting scheduled for tomorrow would provide a solution to the crisis that has delayed the country's peace process and brought the nation on the brink of a financial crisis.
"The positive developments during the?'secret' meetings held in Gokarna during the weekend meeting would guide the country towards a new direction, he said.
The country has been in political limbo since the June 30 resignation of Prime Minister Nepal under intense pressure from the Maoists.
The Parliament approved an interim budget to allow the caretaker government to run day-to-day activities for four months and pay civil servants, but that expires on November 16.
The finance ministry officials have warned that the country would face a severe crisis if the budget is not passed this week.