Impeachment of Nepal anti-graft chief exposes political rifts

The House, with an effective strength of 596, will require two-third majority endorsing it for adoption of the motion for impeachment.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published:October 22, 2016 2:45 am
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An impeachment motion signed by 157 members of Parliament against chief of Nepal’s anti-graft constitutional body has shaken politics in the Himalayan nation that may have serious political implications.

Nepali Congress, the largest party in Parliament as well as in the coalition government, is not happy with the Maoists, the party that leads the government, saying “it was kept in dark” about the motion to impeach Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the Commission of Inquiry Into Abuse of Authority, until the notice was lodged with Parliament.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, who is also the chairman of the Maoist party, is alleged to have feigned ignorance about the initiative taken by his own party members in coordination with the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, the main Opposition party.

Karki, who was jointly recommended by the chiefs of four parties — NC, UML, Maoists and the Madhesi group — was appointed to the post by the government headed by then de facto prime minister Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi in 2013 for a six-year term.

Karki, apart from facing the anger of political parties and civil society, has also been embroiled in a legal case with the Supreme Court regarding his eligibility to the post among other controversies.

Karki has, since then, been suspended on Speaker Onsari Gharti’s instruction.

“We will examine the issue on the merit of the motion and not blindly follow it,” Nepali Congress leader and former minister Ram Sharan Mahat said.

The House, with an effective strength of 596, will require two-third majority endorsing it for adoption of the motion for impeachment.