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President summons winter session of Parliament

- Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu

Sep 26, 2015-

President Ram Baran Yadav on Friday called the winter session of Legislature-Parliament starting next week. The session will elect the new Prime Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker as well as the President and the Vice President.

As per the notice issued on the recommendation of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the House is scheduled to meet at the International Convention Centre in New Baneshwor at 1pm on October 2.

The President’s Office said in a statement that the parliamentary session was called as per Article 296 (6) of the Constitution of Nepal. The Article provisions that the President summons Parliament within seven days of the promulgation of the new constitution. The new constitution was promulgated amid a special function on September 20.

According to Article 298 (2) of the constitution, the PM’s election is to be held within seven days based on consensus and the new council of minister is formed under him. If there is no consensus, the process for majority government will begin as per the Clause 3 of the Article. According to Bipin Adhikari, a constitutional expert, the new government cannot be formed within seven days if there is no consensus. “In seven days, only the process for new government formation will begin if there is no consensus,” he told the Post.

The last time a consensus government was formed was before the first Constituent Assembly was elected in 2008. Sudarshan Kuinkel, deputy spokesperson for the Parliament Secretariat, said the process for new government formation starts from the second meeting of the session likely on October 4.

Besides, the election process for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, and the President and Vice President will also begin with the commencement of the session.

According to Article 299 of the constitution, the Speaker and his/her deputy are elected in consensus within 20 days of the first House meeting while the election for the President and the Vice President takes place within 30 days. However, only the election process will begin in the stipulated time if there is no consensus.

Published: 26-09-2015 08:11

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With the winter session of Parliament scheduled to begin on October 2, the process for electing the new prime minister will start shortly.

“The Prime Minister will tender his resignation before the session begins or immediately after that,” said Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha. The CPN-UML claims the government leadership citing an agreement signed between the NC and the CPN-UML in February 2014 and an understanding reached between the major parties, including the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik, while signing a 16-point agreement in June this year.
Before electing Sushil Koirala as the Prime Minister, the NC and the UML had agreed to hand over the government leadership to the UML after completing the task of constitution writing within a year.
The UML is unanimous in fielding its Chairman KP Oli for the top executive position. “He is our only prime ministerial candidate,” said UML Deputy General Secretary Ghanshyam Bhusal. While signing the 16-point deal, major parties had also agreed to a new power-sharing arrangement.
They agreed to allocate the key positions-the President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker among them. The PM’s seat is likely to be allocated for the UML, presidential position for the NC and the Speaker to the Maoist party. The remaining top positions would be shared between other parties joining the new government.
‘Till date, we are firm on implementing the agreement but it will depend on how politics develops,” said NC leader Shrestha. Sources said senior leaders in the NC have proposed to retain Koirala as the Prime Minister.
The Maoist party is mulling over fielding its senior leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara as the new Speaker. Maoist leader Giriraj Mani Pokharel, however, said the portfolio allocation among the parties was not yet clear. “It’s almost sure that the UML will lead the government,” he said.
He said efforts are under way to form a new government with maximum representation of parties. “It’s not possible to include all the 31 parties represented in Parliament though,” he added. Three major parties had agreed on Thursday to summon the parliamentary session.

 

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