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Nepal Maoists propose electing new president

Publication Date : 19-10-2012


Nepal's Maoists' Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal yesterday proposed that a new presidential vote should be conducted if the Constituent Assembly (CA) is to be elected again.

During a meeting with the leaders of Nepali Congress (NC), a key opposition party, Dahal proposed including the provision to elect the president through election in the constitution.

Dahal, chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maost) who had been advocating for the revival of the dissolved CA, put forward the proposal a day after the major opposition parties -- NC and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) -- turned down his proposal to promulgate a new constitution by reviving the CA.

Also a former prime minister, Dahal went to NC President Sushil Koirala 's residence in Maharajgunj with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Thursday morning.

He proposed to give national touch to the present government and hold election s if parties fail to forge consensus to head for the election by promulgating constitution under the leadership of NC.

The Maoist leader also claimed that the government should be led by the UCPN (Maoist) if the parties have to hold election without promulgating constitution.

On the other hand, the NC is learnt to have stressed on holding election and toppling the government rather than reviving the Constituent Assembly, sources confirmed.

The NC will hold discussion on Dahal's proposal and finalise the decision, NC leaders said.

Dahal has intensified parleys with the parties following his week-long Europe visit.


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