PDCC: New Prez, veep after statute

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 13, 2014-

Forging agreement on transitional provision of new constitution, the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) on Monday decided to elect a new President and Vice President soon after promulgation of the constitution.

The President and Vice President, elected by incumbent Constituent Assembly (CA), will remain in post until a new election of head of state and prime minister, according to the provision of new constitution. Parties are yet to agree on forms of government in the new constitution.

Coalition partners Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML were at odds over the transitional provision of the new constitution. The NC was in favour of continuation of the incumbent President and Vice President till a new election.

The PDCC decided to hold the election a month after the promulgation of the new constitution. If the constitution is promulgated by January 22, new head of state will be elected within February 22.

The CPN-UML holds that incumbent President and his deputy should be endorsed by Parliament. The two ruling parties have already agreed that new prime minister, President and Speaker of Parliament will be elected after the promulgation of new constitution.

“This was the dispute mainly between NC and UML which has been settled as other parties also agreed on transitional provision of the new constitution,” said Sadbhawana Party leader Laxman Lal Karna. The PDCC also discussed about the dispute related to the citizenship. According to leaders, citizenship issue will be settled soon as per the spirit of the Interim Constitution.

Published: 14-10-2014 09:15

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