Breaking his silence on dissolution of the Constituent Assembly two days ago, Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav has termed Prime Minister Bhattarai’s government as caretaker.
Issuing a statement on Tuesday evening, the President’s office directed Bhattarai to act in a caretaker capacity till the next government takes charge.
On Sunday midnight after the CA failed to promulgate within deadline, Bhattarai’s cabinet okayed holding of elections for the next CA on November stating the government had executive powers till that time.
There was uncertainty in Nepal following the move as who would take control of executive powers, the President or the Prime Minister, after the sudden move.
“To remove the air of uncertainty the President consulted with legal and constitutional experts and took the decision on his own,” informed Rajendra Dahal, media advisor to the President.
Several political parties including Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) had termed the government move unconstitutional and demanded Bhattarai’s resignation.
But the statement issued by Shital Niwas, the President’s official residence cited provisions of the interim constitution which states that since Bhattarai has ceased to be a CA member, he can only act in caretaker capacity.
The statement urged all political parties to move ahead with consensus to deal with the fresh political crisis.
Meanwhile a writ petition was filed on Tuesday in the Supreme Court challenging the government move to dissolve the CA without promulgating the new statute.
Nepal’s interim constitution has no provision of what would happen if the CA fails to deliver a new constitution.