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Four parties agree on May-end polls; Parties holding talks with President for government led by neutral person

Kathmandu: Ending blame game to each other for the current political deadlock, the four major parties have reached into an agreement to form the new government for holding the elections of the Constituent Assembly by the end of May 2013 (Jesth 15).

A meeting of the top leaders of the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Madhesi Front held at the Army Integration Special Committee’s office at Naya Baneshwor reached to this conclusion. In the meeting, the parties also expressed readiness to go for an election government headed by a neutral Prime Minister. Earlier the opposition parties have demanded that they should get the chance to lead the government while the ruling parties opted for the Prime Minister from civil society. The political parties also organized different protest programs against each other blaming other side as responsible for the sorry state of the country.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai informed that today’s meeting has created grounds for a concrete agreement between the parties. He also added that the parties will announce the name of consensus Prime Minister soon.

UML chairperson Jhala Nath Khanal said that the parties will arrive at a consensus by the evening. NC leaders also claimed that they are very close to an agreement and that they would reach final agreement after a discussion with the President.

The Constituent Assembly dissolved in May 2012 could not complete the task of drafting the new constitution after political parties do not find consensus on the issues of federal structure of the states and form of governance among others during its four year long tenure.

The meeting between the four major political forces comes days after the opposition parties ended their nationwide anti-government protests calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai. UCPN-Maoist proposed incumbent Chief Justice as the head of the new election government through their recent general convention. Only the royalist party Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal has been demanding election government led by representative of the civil society or neutral person. However it is still not clear whether the parties agreed on the name proposed by Maoist party or find another alternative.

Meanwhile, the leaders of four major political parties are holding discussion with President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav about formation of consensus government for holding the elections of the constituent assembly. The parties are set to inform the President about the government led by neutral person, which they have agreed in today’s meeting.

On Sunday the President has called top leaders of political parties to forge consensus on a unity government at the earliest to ensure election by May this year at any cost. In the past as well political parties claimed they are near to consensus but they did not find consensus since the dissolution of the constituent assembly in May 2012.

Published Date: Monday, February 11th, 2013 | 09:25 AM

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