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Prachanda proposes chief justice as PM

world Updated: Feb 08, 2013 01:11 IST
Utpal Parashar

When the seventh convention of Nepal's ruling Maoists began on Saturday chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda spoke of a formula to end the ongoing political stalemate.

On Thursday he unveiled it by proposing incumbent Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi's name as prime minister to head the national unity government, which will hold the next parliamentary elections.

The proposal was endorsed unanimously by the party at a closed door session. It also approved Prachanda's amended political document which suggests shifting the party's policy towards ‘capitalist revolution'.

Touted as the last option, the proposal hopes to end the eight-month old impasse which began last May with dissolution of the Constituent Assembly without a new constitution.

The proposal which had been doing rounds for past few days has already been rejected by Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) as it infringes on separation powers between executive and judiciary.

Since Nepal's interim constitution doesn't allow such a role for the CJ, former justices have stated that it is not feasible and would require an amendment.

Party spokesperson Agni Sapkota told journalists that Prachanda removed the suggestion to hold referendum on border disputes with India in his political document following widespread criticism.

Like Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai Prachanda too defended signing of the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) with India as the country needed foreign investment.