News Update – Major parties fail to find consensus; Talks to continue
Kathmandu: Despite four major political parties claiming that they reached into an agreement to form consensus government for holding the elections of the Constituent Assembly by May-end, the political parties failed to agree on such government during a meeting held on Monday evening.
A meeting of the four major political forces held at President´s Office on Monday evening concluded with an agreement to hold another round of talks on Tuesday after opposition parties do not agree on the proposal of making the sitting Chief Justice as head of the government.
The leaders of the opposition parties maintained that nominating a person who already heads judiciary as head of the executive would be against the basic democratic values and against the principle of separation of powers.
The Maoists, NC and UML are scheduled to hold internal meeting of their respective parties before a four-party meeting slated to be held at the residence of NC President Koirala at 4 pm, Tuesday.
During the meeting with the president, the leaders of the opposition parties proposed forming a new coalition government under the leadership of a retired chief justice or under the incumbent Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi only after he resigns the post.
Earlier on Monday, key leaders of four political parties had claimed that they are inching closer to a political agreement on forming election government under the leadership of neutral person for holding the elections of the Constituent Assembly by May-end. However, later a meeting of NC and the UML decided not to accept sitting chief justice as new prime minister saying it will be against the principle of separation of powers.