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Nepal: Election process for PM begins, Sushil Koirala refuses to resign

An aide to the President told The Indian Express that Koirala’s refusal to resign will not make his position different from a 'caretaker prime minister’s'.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Updated: October 3, 2015 3:33 pm
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Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav Friday initiated the process for the election of a new prime minister by consensus within a week as per the advice of the incumbent Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

“As per the commitment I made publicly that I would quit immediately after the Constitution is promulgated, I would request the President to initiate to have my successor elected,” Koirala told the Parliament, soon after he overruled Deputy Prime Minister Bamdev Gautam’s insistence for his resignation during the cabinet meeting.

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Koirala subsequently called on the President to repeat the same plea. A communique issued by the President’s office said that the President has called for election of the Prime Minister through consensus as per Article 298 (2) of the Constitution, failing which the President would be invoke other clauses of the Constitution for election of a prime minister by a simple majority.

An aide to the President told The Indian Express that Koirala’s refusal to resign will not make his position different from a “caretaker prime minister’s”.

There were apprehensions that Koirala’s refusal would trigger a massive polarisation within the parties that will either stall altogether, or delay the election of K P Oli, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, and a front runner for the post.

The new Constitution envisages the mandatory election of the prime minister within a week after the House is convened, that of the Speaker in two weeks and that of the President in four weeks.

“The Prime Minister’s refusal to resign and propose the election of his successor is a political strategy, rather than an act of deference to the Constitution,” said Dr Bipin Adhikary, a constitutional lawyer.

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    JAGDISH
    Oct 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm
    This is a serious problem which is the creation of these 3 pahari parties. Why they did not implement agreements done with Mahdeshis in 2007 itself. They are not demanding anything new but just saying that they will end this agitation if those agreements are implemented. These leaders went to Tarai Region during election and promised that if elected and voted by mahedshi people they will take care of their rights. They betra their trust. What was stopping them to implement 2007 agreements. So those fools who blame India should look at the dishonesty and betrayal of their own leaders. These leaders in order to hide their own mistakes are blaming India for this problem. NEPALIS SHOULD ASK THEIR LEADERS , WHY THEY LIED AND BETRA THEIR OWN MAHEDSHI PEOPLE, OR DO THEY THINK THAT MAHDESHIS ARE NOT NEPALI , A 2ND CL CITIZENS AND DOES NOT MATTER TO THEM AT ALL ???? NEPALIS IN KATHMANDU SUPPORTING THESE CORRUPT LEADERS ARE THE BIGGEST S OF THE WORLD AND THE MOST STUPID PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF EARTH.
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      Mahdev
      Oct 3, 2015 at 10:28 pm
      Nepali government specially 3 party leaders are discriminating against one third of their own brother and sisters, (35-40% OF MAHDESHI POTION) just because they look indian, speak hindi or mathili or local languages other than nepali and on the other hand want to tell india that india is their elder brother. What a hypocrite. They forgot the indian help they got during earthquake, india was first one to respond in 6 hrs and so called Hindu nation forgets that Mata sita ji was from janakpur , same region which they are discriminating. Never seen such hypocrite nepali leaders and those who follow them on the name of nationalism. Sita maa was also a Terai lady from plain lands of nepal , which nepali leaders don't want to deal with . These hypocrite leaders forget that hindu religion says "Vasudevh Kutumbkam" - all world is like a family. Shame on nepali hypocrite leaders..SHAME ON OPENLY LYING TO NEPALI MAHDESHIS SINCE 2006 AGREEMENTS AND STILL GIVING THEM NOTHING BUT JUST BROKEN PROMISES , LIES AND MORE LIES. JUST BECAUSE YOU FROM PAHAR (MOUNTAIN REGIONS) WANT TO KEEP POWER IN YOUR HANDS. DIRTY POLITICS , THAT IS THE UGLY TRUTH UNDER THE VEIL OF FALSE NATIONALISM. THIS IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE IF PUT THE RIGHT WAY AND NOT A ONLY NEPAL'S INTERNAL ISSUE. -- NAMASTAE - JAI NEPAL JAI HIND
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        Mahdev
        Oct 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm
        NEPAL WANTS TO DISCRIMINATE , WANTS TO BE INDEPENDENT , DOES NOT WANT INDIA TO INTERFERE, SAYS IT IS THEIR COUNTRY SO THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY LIKE TO DO. SO JUST LIKE THEY STOPPED INDIAN TV CHANNELS IN NEPAL, THEY SHOULD PROUDLY STOP ALL HELP, ALL SUPPLIES FROM INDIA, SHOULD STAND ON THEIR OWN FEET, GET SEA ACCESS FROM CHINA AND BOYCOTT INDIA COMPLETELY. THEN ONLY THEY CAN SAY DELHI TO SHUT UP ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS THEY ARE DOING IN THEIR COUNTRY. BUT THESE PEOPLE WANT SUPPLIES FROM INDIA TO CONTINUE, BUT FROM THEIR END DO NOT WANT TO CO OPERATE WITH INDIA TO SOLVE THE CRISIS THEIR LEADERS HAVE CREATED BY NOT GIVING ONE THIRD OF MAHDESHIS AND THARU COMMUNITIES THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. INDIA SHOULD GO TO UN INSTEAD FOR VIOLATION OF THE BASIS HUMAN RIGHTS OF THESE COMMUNITIES. SO IN THE END , FINE IF NEPALESE ARE SO PROUD PEOPLE, CLOSE BORDERS WITH INDIA AND GO TO CHINA TO BECOME A SECOND TIBET IN THE FUTURE. STAND ON YOUR OWN FEET BEFORE ANNOUNCING THAT YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENT NATION. I AM SURE NEPALIS WILL NEVER LIKE THIS IDEA. THEY HAVE BECOME A JOKE IN FRONT OF WORLD COMMUNITY, AS NOW THEY ARE FIGHTING AMONG THEMSELVES WHO WILL BECOME THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER AND CURRENT PM DOES NOT WANT TO RESIGN. VERY VERY STUPID POLITICIANS. -- JAI NEPAL JAI HIND
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          Nepal
          Oct 4, 2015 at 8:56 am
          You need to stop making it like all the Madhesis want single Madhesi state. And what discrimination are you talking about? Tell me which Himali or Pahadi have their own state based on ethnicity or their language? What all the Nepali citizens should be fighting for is corruption in government and leadership. That is what has been the problem of Nepal. You really think the leaders of current Madhesh protest who have been involved in many corruptions, leaving their party agendas to become ministers and hardly tried to improve life of Madhesis when they were in power, are going to do anything to help the people again?
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            sky
            Oct 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm
            good no chi stooges as pm
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