Stories Tagged 'Madhesi parties'
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Kamal Thapa has said that the government was working to bring the Madhes-centric parties on board the local level elections to strengthen democracy and to end the existing political crisis.
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The Election Commission on Sunday expressed serious concerns over the absence of consensus among the political parties on the local level elections scheduled for May 14, considering in particular the situation in Province 2, where the Madhes-based parties that have announced to disrupt the polls have strong presence.
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Last week, the government announced the date for local elections. The decision has been generally hailed as an important step in implementing the constitution, as January 21, 2018 has been set as the constitutional deadline for holding elections to all three levels of government.
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Miffed at the declaration of election date, the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, an alliance of Madhesi and Janajati parties, has warned of withdrawing its support extended to the government.
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Madhesi and Janajati parties affiliated to the Federal Alliance (Sanghiya Gathabandan) boycotted Friday’s Parliament meeting to protest “the government’s apathy towards addressing” their concerns related to the new constitution.
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The opposition Nepali Congress has decided to take a lead in talks with the agitating Madhesi Morcha in order to seek a solution to the prolonged Tarai unrest.
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