Nepalese parties urged to break the political deadlock

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Kathmandu, Oct 10 (ANI): Nepali Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Chandra Nemwang has urged all parties to overcome the political deadlock as soon as possible so that the country could be brought out of the state of indecision.

According to Xinhua, Nemwang claimed that deepening mistrust among major parties, lack of substantive dialogue to sort out differing stands, linking government formation with issues of the peace and constitution-drafting processes and other constitutional weaknesses, have led to the failure of the government.

Nemwang, who has been facing criticism from the civil society and intelligentsia for not playing an active role in ending the political deadlock, said: "consensus among parties is the only panacea. A section of society have suggested that I exercise residual or discretionary powers to end the crisis, but even for this, the parties have to reach consensus.

He further lamented that the parties had not done what was required on their part to do, instead turned to him to end the deadlock "in line with their political stand".

"They want me to use residual or discretionary power to suit their political agenda, this I cannot do," Nemwang said.

On being asked about what he thought could be a way out of this panic situation, Nemwang cited two options. The first one, he said that the parties that are staying neutral should revoke their stance and take part in the prime ministerial election and secondly, the ongoing election process should end, which would be possible only if Nepali Congress pulls out of the race.

If the election process is canceled, the parties would be able to decide whether to amend parliamentary regulations leaving no room for parties to stay neutral in the PM's election, or amend the Interim Constitution, giving constitutional power to the president to appoint a leader as PM. In such situation, the appointee should win the confidence of parliament within 30 days from the date of appointment, he added. (ANI)

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