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Parties inch closer to form CJ-led Interim Government

By Shirish B Pradhan, KATHMANDU (PTI): Top leaders of major political parties in Nepal on Friday claimed they have inched closer to set up a consensus election Government led by the country’s Chief Justice before March 7.

During a meeting at the Rastrapati Bhawan in Kathmandu, the leaders briefed President Ram Baran Yadav about the latest political developments and recent understanding reached among the parties to end the ongoing deadlock, sources said.

They have indicated that a new Government led by the sitting Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi will be in place before March 7 when the final hearing against the move by four major political parties is scheduled in the Supreme Court, sources said.

Advocate Bharat Jangam had filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court last week challenging the decision of four major political parties — UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) — to form a Government headed by the Chief Justice.

“We have pointed out the need to carry out the tasks related to forming the CJ-led election Government and removal of the legal and constitutional hurdles simultaneously during the meeting,” said Nepali Congress vice president Ram Chandra Paudel.

“We doubt the Maoists’ intention when they talk about clearing the legal and constitutional hurdles first and then forming the CJ led Government after some time”, he told sources.

On a question when the election Government could be formed, Paudel said, “The new Government could be formed as soon as the Chief Justice gives his consent.”

The formation of the new Government will help end the month’s long political and constitutional deadlock in Nepal.

Nepal had plunged into a political and constitutional crisis after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved by Maoist Prime Minister Bhattarai in May last year without drafting the Constitution.

The crisis further deepened as Bhattarai announced fresh elections in November 2012 but failed to conduct polls.

Published Date: Friday, March 1st, 2013 | 03:54 PM

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