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Major parties finally seal a deal for CJ led government; CJ to take oath of Prime Minister today

KATHMANDU: The four major political parties UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front have finally sealed the deal to form the government led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi.

The parties have agreed to form Interim Election Council led by incumbent Chief Justice. The major parties have agreed to hold the elections of the constituent assembly by 21st June. UCPN Maoist chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, NC President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML chair Jhala Nath Khanal and Bijaya Kumar Gachhedar of UDMF signed the deal.

The parties have signed the deal after they reached into consensus on the issues like the citizenship, updating voter’s list and rank determination of the Maoist combatants opting for reintegration in Nepali Army among others. The parties have agreed to give one lieutenant and two lieutenant colonels to Maoist combatants. The parties have been having negotiations for weeks to find consensus on these issues.

The political parties have agreed to form 11-member Council headed by CJ Regmi. Other members of the council will be appointed from among the retired officials of the civil service. The meeting of four major political parties sealed the deal despite protest from some fringe political parties and some section of major political parties itself.

The last meeting of the Dr. Baburam Bhattarai led government has endorsed the deal of four political parteis and forwarded the bill to the president. The cabinet recommended the President to issue a decree to pave the way for the new government as there is no provision of forming government led by independent person in Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007. The parties have already finalized the constitutional issues to pave the way for CJ led government. The Chief Justice will take oath of the office once the President endorose the bill submitted to him by the cabinet.

After failing to promulgate the new constitution during the four year long tenure of the constituent assembly, the political parties have been formally handing over the state power to non-political person. The Chief Justice earlier expressed his reservation to lead the election government but he agreed for it after the political parties agreed to amend the provisions as per the wish of CJ.

However it is not an easy task for the CJ led government to hold the elections of the constituent assembly as 23 minor political parties including CPN-Maoist, civil society and Nepal Bar Association among others have protested the move to form CJ led government and warned of strike if CJ led government was formed. The four parties agreed to form the CJ led government one day before the hearing on a writ petition filed challenging the move of four political parties to form CJ led government is scheduled. Two writ petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court challenging the bid to form the CJ led government.

Published Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 | 12:23 PM

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