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Four-party task force finalizes proposal for CJ led government; top leaders to formalize the deal on Sunday

KATHMANDU: The four-party task-force formed to finalize the constitutional and technical issues for forming Chief Justice led election government has finalized its report on Saturday. The report will be presented at the meeting of the top leaders of the four political parties on Sunday.

UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front formed the task force comprising two members of each party for finalizing the issues. Earlier the task force submitted its report to the top leaders but consensus was not formed on earlier proposal, so, the meeting of the top leaders of four parties held on Saturday bestowed the responsibility to resolve legal and constitutional hurdles surfacing new government formation to the eight-member taskforce. The leaders have agreed to resolve all the pending issues by tomorrow (Sunday).

A member of the task force Jitendra Dev informed that the task-force finalized the issues based on the suggestions given by Chief Justice and Nepal Bar Association. “We have changed the language of the draft in line with the suggestions given by Chief Justice during his meeting with top leaders of the four political parties,” Dev added while emerging from the meeting.

He further informed that the task-force suggested the provision for strengthening the democracy and give political way-out to the country. He however informed that the task-force referred the issues of peace process and voter’s list to the top leaders of the major political parties. The four political parties are to finalize the deal on Sunday. However the leaders have made such commitments many times in the past but failed to forge consensus, so, it is yet to see whether the parties will keep their promise this time. The parties have to adjust the constitutional provision for giving leadership of the government to independent person.

Though the parties have, in principle, agreed to form the new government to hold the Constituent Assembly elections, they are yet to agree upon some thorny issues like the preparation of voters’ list and distribution of new citizenship along with the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Earlier, Chief Justice has expressed his reservation over leading the election government saying some of the provisions of the 9-point proposal presented by the four major political parties are not good. He added that as political parties are not serious towards holing the elections he would led the government once consensus was forged among all the political parties. Some political parties including break-away faction of UCPN-Maoist, CON-Maoist announced strike against the proposal.

Published Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 | 10:22 AM

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