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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Political parties intensify parley to form new government in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 06 May, (Asiantribune.com): The second largest party in the Nepal’s parliament, Nepali Congress, on Tuesday proposed CPN-UML to head national government after the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) quit the government on Monday over the failure sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

In a meeting of 22 of the total 24 political parties in Nepal’s parliament, the Nepali Congress made a proposal to this effect. The party has proposed UML’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal to head the national government.

The Maoist, which is the largest party in the parliament, boycotted the meeting. The Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF), the fourth largest party in the parliament, also did not attend the meeting.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, Nepal said his party will discuss the proposal internally before initiating consultations with all the other political parties form a new government to bail out the country from current stalemate.

Political parties in Nepal have started making fresh initiatives to form a new government after the President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday called upon political parties to come up with a new government by Saturday.

The MPRF said his party will support the major political parties in forming a national government only after considering their views regarding Madhes and the issues raised by Madhes-based parties.

"We didn´t boycott the meeting. But we had already raised our issues with UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal," said Jaya Prakash Gupta, co-chairman of the MPRF. "We will participate in political consultations only after we get a response from the major political parties regarding these issues."

Civil Society protests President’s move to block Maoist’s action against army chief

A section of civil society members on Tuesday staged demonstration outside the office of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, protesting his move to block the decision taken by elected government. The Civil Society members alleged that President took unconstitutional step to block the government’s decision.

Altogether 62 civil society members were arrested in course of the protests outside the President’s office. All the arrested were released later in the evening.

- Asian Tribune -

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