Parties given 7 days to form consensus govt

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 26, 2016-

A day after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tendered his resignation, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Monday called on the political parties represented in Parliament to elect a new prime minister within seven days on the basis of political understanding. 

“The President has ordered to remove difficulties as per Article 305 of the Constitution of Nepal and asked the political parties represented in Parliament to elect a new prime minister based on political understanding as per Article 298 (2) of the same constitution within seven days,” reads a press statement issued by the Office of the President on Monday. 

However, chances of a new government based on “political understanding”, which squarely means a national consensus government, are slim. Hence, efforts to form a majority government, as per Article 298 (3), will start after the seven-day deadline of the President ends.

Article 298 (3) of the constitution states: In the event of failure to have an understanding under Article 298 (2), the prime minister shall be elected by a majority of all the then members of Parliament.

“It is not possible to form a government based on consensus,” said Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi. As of now, it is most likely that CPN (Maoist Centre) 

will stake claim to the new government under its Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal with the backing of the NC and the agitating Madhes-based parties. 

According to the existing provisions, Parliament will set a three-day deadline to elect the new prime minister.  PM Oli on Sunday announced his resignation while addressing Parliament, minutes before the scheduled voting on a no-confidence motion registered by the NC and the Maoist Centre.

 

Published: 26-07-2016 12:59

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