Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:53:36 GMT

Nepal Prez may extend deadline to suggest PM candidate



From Shirish B Pradhan
Kathmandu, Nov 29 (PTI) Nepal''s warring political parties may get more time to name a consensus Prime Ministerial candidate as President Ram Baran Yadav is likely to extend the deadline by another five days.

As the parties have failed to name a candidate for Prime Minister even after several rounds of meetings, the president is likely to extend the deadline by another five days, according to sources close to Yadav''s office.

The week-long deadline issued by the President to political parties to suggest name of a consensus candidate for Prime Minister ends tonight.

Nepalese parties have failed to name a candidate for Prime Minister even after several rounds of meetings.

President Yadav had on Friday issued a seven-day deadline to submit the name of a consensus candidate of Prime Minister to political parties.

The cabinet headed by caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has questioned President Yadav''s authority call for PM''s candidate claiming that the step was a breach of the constitutional provision.

However, main opposition Nepali Congress and CPN-UML along with other fringe parties have welcomed the move.

A series of meetings held between the major political parties on government formation so far could not come to an agreement to suggest the name of the new Prime Minister who will replace PM Bhattarai.

Nepal has plunged into a constitutional and political deadlock since May 27 when the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without drafting a new constitution.

President Yadav has called political parties to suggest name of the consensus candidate of Prime Minister as Premier Bhattarai failed to keep his promise of conducting fresh election for Constituent Assembly on November 22 with a view to promulgating the constitution.

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