Nepali Congress for executive PM, ceremonial President

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Kathmandu, Mar 31 (ANI): Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to go for a parliamentary system in which the executive Prime Minister will be elected by the parliament and president will remain as ceremonial head of state.

The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the main opposition party decided to go for parliamentary system despite objections from few CWC members led by Narahari Acharya.

Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala, who presided over the meeting, will present the paper at the Constitutional Committee (CC) on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters after the meeting Congress spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC said, "We remained steadfast to our traditional policy of an executive Prime Minister remaining accountable to the parliament."

" In keeping with the party's election manifesto, Congress wants a bicameral legislature at the center and unicameral assemblies in the provinces," he added.

Saying that the presidential system adopted by the Maoists and prime ministerial system of UML will both be "dictatorial", he said Nepali Congress has been advocating parliamentary system of governance.

The Nepali Congress concept paper has proposed proportionate representation of provinces in the Upper House, mixed electoral system to elect representatives to the Lower House and Provinces, ensuring at least 33 percent representation of women and proportional representation for indigenous nationalities, Dalits, Madhesis and other marginalized groups, Nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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