All 48 ministers of the Baburam Bhattarai-led government in Nepal resigned en masse on Thursday midnight to form a national unity government within two days.
The move follows a five-point deal signed by the three major political formations — Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and the conglomeration of Madeshi parties.
With only 23 days left to draft a new constitution, the unity government under Bhattarai is expected to end the stalemate on contentious issues and complete the task on time.
All the major players agreed to resolve all issues in constitution drafting — including restructuring of the country into federal units and form of government — within three days.
They decided to promulgate the new statute by May 27. But before that, the Bhattarai government will resign and another unity government will be formed under Nepali Congress leadership. The new government will be responsible to conduct the next general elections within a year.
Other points in the deal are completion of the peace process as per existing agreements and regular meetings of the political parties to expedite constitution drafting.
“This is a very important development for Nepal. It has created a strong foundation for completing the constitution writing process on schedule,” Bhattarai told mediapersons after the deal was signed.