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UML officially bats for PM’s resignation

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: The ruling CPN UML on Wednesday demanded Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s resignation prior to May 27 to pave the way for formation of a new national consensus government. 

A standing committee meeting of the party held at its parliamentary party office at Singha Durbar took the decision a day after the government registered a bill at the Legislature-Parliament to amend the Interim Constituent for the 13th time. The bill seeks to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) term by 3 more months. If not extended, the CA will cease to exist from May 27.
The meeting also decided that the political parties should keep making efforts to promulgate the new constitution within the stipulated time frame rather than extending the CA term time and again.
UML standing committee member Shanker Pokharel informed that the party has decided to take initiative for the timely promulgation of the constitution through political consensus, saying that there is no alternative to promulgating the constitution from CA, while exiting from the meeting.
“All the contentious issues have been resolved by the parties except federalism. It has also been agreed that some unsolved issues can be resolved later through the CA,” said Pokharel.

Speaking with UML Vice-chairman Ashok Rai said that UML is seeking a package deal on the formation of a national unity government and CA extension. 
UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel and central committee member Radha Gyawali have recently joined the Bhattarai-led government to make it a national consensus one though the government was formed on the majority basis.

Published Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | 07:34 AM

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