Nepali Speaker urged to help end "meaningless" PM election

17:08, September 24, 2010      

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The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) and the Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) requested the House Speaker to play an active role to end the "meaningless" prime ministerial election in the House, The Kathmandu Post daily reported Friday.

UCPN-M and CPN-UML wrote separately to Speaker Subas Nemwang on Thursday and made the request, according to the report.

In response, Speaker Nemwang said he was helpless unless the Nepali Congress (NC) withdraws its candidacy.

"Chiefs of the both parties (UCPN-M and CPN-UML) informed me about their earlier decision to go for new consensus course but I told them to convince the Nepali Congress to withdraw its candidacy before starting a new process," Nemwang told reporters after receiving the letters from the parties.

The Speaker argued that there is no other ways but continuing with the election unless one of the contestants wins a majority vote in the House or both candidates agree to pull out of the poll process.

The move followed a new four-point agreement between UCPN-M and CPN-UML on Thursday, which is the second agreement in the past one week. The UCPN-M and CPN-UML had signed a three-point deal last Friday, announcing to boycott the polls until a new course is started.

In the new four-point deal, the UCPN-M and CPN-UML have asked the NC to withdraw its candidacy to go for a new consensus course, besides reiterating their earlier decision to boycott the prime ministerial polls.

Though both parties believe that a new consensus course would start before the eighth round of polls slated for Sept. 26, NC leaders, including Poudel and newly elected president Sushil Koirala, have bluntly rejected the candidacy withdrawal call.

Following UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda's announcement last week to withdraw his candidacy, NC candidate Ram Chandra Poudel is left alone in the prime ministerial election.

Source: Xinhua


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