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Outgoing Prime Minister claims political parties still hold power over govt.

KATHMANDU: Outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, who is also the vice chairperson of the UCPN-Maoist, has informed that the political parties still enjoy full power as the appointment of the chief justice to the post of chair of the interim election government has been made through the consensus among them.

Talking to journalists at his personal residence in Sanepa after leaving Baluwatar on Thursday, Dr. Bhattarai said that the main highlight of his tenure was the completion of the peace process and the integration of former PLA fighters into the national army.

“I assure you that the chief justice-led government is as per the constitutional and legal provisions and consensus among the political parties and the political parties still enjoy power,” the outgoing PM said.

Bhattarai also said that as the presidential decree clearly states that if the current government fails to conduct elections by November, political parties would decide on the way forward. This means that political parties still hold sway over the government, he added.

Bhattarai admitted that his 18 months and 18 days as the prime minister was a much successful one as he took the peace process to a new height.

The ex-prime minister flatly blamed the opposition parties for his failures. “The government could not receive full cooperation from the opposition parties,” he added. He also defended the move of signing the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA). “BIPPA was not a mistake. As we know it well, the country needs more foreign investments,” he said.

He also expressed his commitment that the fresh election to Constituent Assembly is possible to take place in the third week of June. He also informed that the election is likely as the main political parties are prepared to go for elections and the country has moved towards election process.

“The election should be held in the third week of coming June by all means and the role of major parties and other political forces will be crucial,” he added.

He called on the 22 political parties, who have taken to the streets against the government, to stop protests and join the electoral process. The parties know that have no choice but to contest elections, he held. The former Premier also added that

Likewise, former Prime Minister Bhattarai also made public a book showcasing the major accomplishments and achievements made during the tenure of the coalition government former under his leadership. The book has included various topics such as peace, constitution, good governance, prosperity, international relations and relief.

Published Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 | 11:40 AM

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