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Mixed reaction on CJ led government; NBA terms the appointment as Black Day for Judicial Sector

KATHMANDU: There is mixed reaction from different quarters of the Society about formation of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi led government.

Protesting the decision the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-Maoist has staged demonstrations in the capital against the appointment of CJ as the head of the election government.

CPN-M chairman Baidya, general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa, vice chairman C.P Gajurel and other senior leaders led the protest rallies. The party has announced ‘chakkajam’ (vehicular obstruction) in Kathmandu from 1 to 5 p.m. in the afternoon.

The party, which has already announced that it would not take part it the elections conducted by the CJ-led government, has said it would intensify the protest against the new government and yesterday’s four-party agreement

Meanwhile, leaders of the major political parties expressed their confidence that formation of CJ led government would give political outlet to the country. They also added that the elections will give an outlet to the political crisis and all including political parties and civil society should make the election successful though the situation is challenging.

Talking to journalists while emerging from the Presidential Palace Sheetal Niwas, after CJ Regmi took oath as the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers this morning, President of Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala said that the NC wants to utilize the opportunity.

Similarly, Vice-Chairperson of the CPN-UML, Bamdev Gautam, said that they have formed the government on political consensus to hold second election to the Constituent Assembly.

Vice-Chairman of the UCPN-Maoist, Narayankaji Shrestha, said that he was satisfied on having the opportunity to handover the responsibility to the new government. Shrestha said that the new government has challenges to hold the election to the CA by third week of June and added that all political parties, civil society and Nepali people should make the election a success.

On the other hand, Nepal Bar Association (NBA), an umbrella organization of the lawyers active in Nepal, came heavily against the Chief Justice for assuming the post of chairman of the interim election government.

Issuing a press statement on Thursday, NBA has said that the CJ has undermined free independence of judiciary by assuming the post while the writ filed against his appointment is still sub-judice in the Supreme Court. “Nepal Bar Association declares March 14 as a black day in the history of legal sector,” the statement reads.

The NBA has also asked all the concerned authorities including the civil society and media to protest the ‘unconstitutional and undemocratic’ move.

The United States has congratulated the people of Nepal on reaching an agreement for the formation of a new interim council.

Issuing a press statement today, the US Embassy said, “This has been a complex and challenging process, and we commend the parties for their willingness to make the compromises necessary to achieve this important political milestone.”

The formation of the Interim Council of Ministers for Elections lays a foundation for vital further action, including completing and adopting Nepal’s new constitution and holding free, fair, and inclusive national elections in June that reflect the will of the Nepali people, the statement added.

Published Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 | 10:27 AM

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