Regmi’s appointment was a result of elusive consensus: Ex-president

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Feb 28, 2019-

Forging a political consensus was difficult in the aftermath of the dissolution of the first Constituent Assembly that had failed to deliver on its mandate of promulgating the country’s new constitution, former President Ram Baran Yadav said at the launch of “Adalatbhitra Adalatbahira”, a book by former Supreme Court registrar Ramkrishna Timalsena, in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

Since political consensus was elusive, Yadav remembered, the then chief justice Khil Raj Regmi was appointed the chairman of the Council of Ministers to conduct an election to form the second Constituent Assembly.

The judiciary had upheld democracy at a critical moment of the country’s history, he said.

Yadav also lauded the role played by the media and the civil society at the time.

About the constitution issued by the second Constituent Assembly, former President said it was a modern, secular and inclusive document brought to institutionalise federalism and republic order in the country.  

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission and former chief justice Anup Kumar Sharma said though appointing a sitting chief justice as the head of the government was against democratic practice, Regmi’s appointment was an expedient to hold the second Constituent Assembly poll.  

Former chief justice duo Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and Kalyan Shrestha and former Education Minister Ganga Lal Tuladhar also spoke on the occasion.

Published: 28-02-2019 11:23

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