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Ordinances good only if parties strike agreement: Nepal president

Publication Date : 31-08-2012

 

In a clear message to political leaders, Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav yesterday said he will promulgate ordinances only if major political forces agree on fresh elections to end the current crisis.

The statement follows the government’s move to forward four ordinances, including one related to transitional justice mechanisms, to the president for approval.

Yadav made his stance clear during his two-hour discussions with top leaders of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha yesterday morning.

He had invited the leaders of the four political forces at his residence in Sheetal Niwas to inquire about progress made towards ending the crisis that surfaced after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (CA) on May 27.

Yadav also said there is no need to introduce laws through ordinances if the dissolved CA is to be reinstated.

“The president advised the party leaders to give top priority to striking an agreement on the political destination and the process to achieve it,” the President’s Press Advisor, Rajendra Dahal, said.

“He also reiterated his commitment to extend support in executing the roadmap agreed upon by the parties,” Dahal added.

In the meeting held exactly after three months of the CA disbandment, the president asked the party leaders to explain to the people how they will go about promulgating a new constitution. The parties must take a call as soon as possible on the next option—revival of the assembly or holding fresh elections, he said.

“Ordinances related to governance and day-to-day affairs are secondary issues. The first decision of the parties must be on the next political roadmap,” Dahal quoted Yadav as telling the party leaders.

He drew the attention of the leaders to the remaining one-and-a-half months for the expiry of the one-third budget unveiled by the caretaker government.

Urging the leaders to realise the urgency, he said there is no constitutional provision to introduce a "partial budget" for the second time in a single fiscal year.

He also noted that a new agreement is a must to prevent constitutional bodies from remaining vacant.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar said Yadav advised the parties to not mull the option of ordinances unless it is related to "extremely important matters". Gachhadar, however, did not say what such matters were.

 

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