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Former CJ Sharma, civil society leaders against CJ-led govt

KATHMANDU:  Former Chief Justice Anup Raj Sharma has said that the Interim Constitution does not allow the formation of an election government under the leadership of Chief Justice.
Responding to the queries by journalists at a program organized here on Wednesday, Sharma made it clear that no posts excluding the office-bearer of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are viable for former Chief Justice in line with the Constitution.
Chief Justice could be appointed the Prime Minister by amending the constitution on political consensus, he noted, stressing that the Chief Justice should resign from his post prior to take the government leadership.
Meanwhile, human rights defenders and civil society leaders have said that the Chief Justice should not be made the Prime Minister of an election government.
Issuing a joint press release, former Speaker Daman Nath Dhungana, including human rights activists, Prof Dr Birendra Prasad Mishra, Charan Prasain and Kanak Mani Dixit, have said the news stating that the political parties were close to appointing the Chief Justice as the country’s next Prime Minister was disheartening.
‘We urge the political parties to take decision with conscience in regard to the appointment of a person entrusted with a prime responsibility of establishing rule of law to the PM would not be in line with the Interim Constitution, independence of judiciary and human rights’, states the press release.

Published Date: Thursday, February 14th, 2013 | 01:14 PM

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