Nepal President lobbies for right to summon House

In 2008,then PM G P Koirala had summoned the inaugural session.

Kathmandu | Published: January 5, 2014 1:03 am

Yubaraj Ghimire

With less than three weeks left for the constitution of the Constituent assembly,President Ram Baran Yadav and chairman of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi are still divided over who should be summoning the inaugural session of the House.

The row over who is the legitimate authority to summon the House remains unresolved as Regmi refused to heed to President Yadav’s request to let him do it in deference to general practice in parliamentary systems elsewhere.

During their meeting Thursday,Regmi is believed to have told the President that it was G P Koirala who had summoned the inaugural session of the Constituent assembly in May 2008,and “as the interim constitution clearly stipulates,the House shall be summoned by the Prime Minister,I can not go otherwise”.

Regmi also is the Chief Justice and political parties and the President are not well poised to counter his interpretation of the constitutional provision and practice.

Alternatively,the cabinet is in favour of the Supreme Court settling the issue as a ‘public interest litigation’ is pending before it.

In 2008,then PM G P Koirala had summoned the inaugural session,but he was also the acting Head of State since monarchy was under a state of suspension.

However,the interim constitution states that the “Prime Minister shall summon the House”,leaving room for the current tussle between the President and the government head.

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