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Nepal parties agree on CJ-led govt to end crisis
Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, February 18, 2013
First Published: 21:33 IST(18/2/2013)
Last Updated: 21:35 IST(18/2/2013)

Four major ruling and opposition parties in Nepal agreed on Monday evening to form a government headed by the incumbent chief justice of Supreme Court to end the political crisis in the country.

The agreement, which is yet to be signed, came after marathon rounds of talks at Shital Niwas, the official residence of Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav, since the last two days.

“We have reached agreement on an interim council to be headed by the chief justice, which will conduct elections in mid June,” said senior Congress leader Bimlendra Nidhi while talking to HT.

Nidhi, who is a member of the eight-member core group finalising the agreement, stated that some issues related to voters list, citizenship and others are yet to be ironed out.

“There are some differences among parties on these issues. But we are confident that we will be able to resolve them by Tuesday and formally sign an agreement,” he said.

The council led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi will comprise of 11 non-political members who will take over as the country’s executive from the ruling Maoist-Madhesi coalition led by Baburam Bhattarai.

Once an agreement on all issues is reached, it is expected to end the nine-month long political and constitutional crisis that began with dissolution of the Constituent Assembly in May last year.

The proposal to form a government headed by the chief justice was floated by the ruling Maoist party earlier this month after parties failed to reach consensus on who would head the election government.


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