‘Won’t resign until new statute’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
‘Won’t resign until new statute’

Oct 19, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that he won’t resign from his post until the country gets a new constitution. During a meeting with Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee Chairman Baburam Bhattarai at his residence in Baluwatar on Sunday morning, Koirala said he would resign immediately after the constitution was promulgated by January 22. Koirala clarified that he would continue to remain in the post if the constitution is not drafted within the deadline. The CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli is saying that Koirala should step down after January 22 even if a new constitution is not promulgated.

At the time of government formation, parties had reached an agreement that once the new constitution is promulgated, NC would hand over the leadership of government to CPN-UML. The deal, however, does not clarify what will happen if constitution is not promulgated by January 22. During a 45-minute meeting, Bhattarai requested the PM to take part in the meeting of political parties to forge consensus on the disputed issues of the new constitution. Differences persist among the parties over power-sharing between the prime minister and the President and the number of provinces in the federal set-up. The disputes led to the dissolution of the first CA in 2012.

Three parties have reached an understanding to continue inter-party negotiations to find consensus on the disputed issues by the end of October and initiate voting process in the Constituent Assembly if other efforts go futile.

Published: 20-10-2014 09:00

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