Nepal's major political parties agree to form election govt
Kathmandu: In a major breakthrough, top leaders of Nepal's four major political parties on Monday agreed to form an election government led by the Chief Justice to end months of constitutional crisis plaguing the country.
Top leaders belonging to Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Joint Democratic Madhesi Front, "agreed to form an election government under Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi", Nepali Congress vice-president Ramchandra Poudyal told a news agency.
During the meeting held at Rastrapati Bhawan, they have tentatively set mid-June as deadline to conduct new elections to the Constituent Assembly, according to top party sources.
The meeting was attended by Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal among others.
"They have also agreed to form an 11-member Cabinet led by Regmi comprising of former bureaucrats", Poudyal said.
"This will entirely be a non-political neutral Cabinet which will devote its work to conduct election for drafting the Constitution," he said.
Nepal had plunged into a political and constitutional crisis after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved by Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in May last year without drafting the Constitution.
The crisis further deepened as Bhattarai announced fresh elections in November last year but failed to conduct polls. The top leaders have agreed to hold next round of meeting on Tuesday before formally announcing the election government and decide matters relating to the shape and size of the Cabinet along with the rules and modality of the proposed Constituent Assembly Elections.
"There are some differences on issues related to voters' list and citizenship, among others. However we have agreed to form a Chief Justice-led election government that will conduct election within mid-June (Jestha)," CPN-UML senior leader Bamdev Gautam said after the meeting.
An eight-member task force formed by the major parties had recommended to form an election government under Chief Justice and proposed mid-June for the Constituent Assembly Elections.
The proposal was then forwarded to top leaders of the political parties.
However, before formally announcing the election government and date of the election, the decision will be forwarded to a joint meeting of all the political parties represented in the dissolved Constituent Assembly tomorrow for endorsement.