KATHMANDU, Jan 26: President Dr Ram Baran Yadav has issued a seven-day deadline for the parties to form a new government through consensus.
Issuing a statement on Sunday, the president has urged the political parties represented in the Constituent Assembly to elect a new prime minister through “political understanding”. He has also asked the parties to form the cabinet by February 2 in line with Article 38(1) of the Interim Constitution.
Article 38 (1) states, “The Council of Ministers shall be formed under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, on the basis of political understanding.”
The president issued the deadline as the first meeting of the Legislature-Parliament took place on Sunday, 68 days after the CA election.
However, forming a consensus government would not be an easy task for parties. CPN-UML, the second largest party, has demanded a power sharing proposal from Nepali Congress, the largest party.
Nepali Congress on Sunday elected party president Sushil Koirala as the party´s parliamentary party leader. On the other hand, the third largest party, UCPN (Maoist), has been saying that it would stay in the opposition.
If the political parties fail to reach an understanding on government formation, the president will ask the parties to form a majority government as per the clause (2) of the Article 38. Article 38 (2) states,” Failing to forge an understanding as referred to in clause (1), the Prime Minister shall be elected by a majority of the total number of the then members of the Legislature-Parliament”.