CA dissolved; PM proposes fresh election for Nov 22
KATHMANDU, MAY 28 - The Constituent Assembly (CA) has been dissolved due to status quoist mindset and obstruction from the anti-progressive forces, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said in his address before midnight on Sunday. He said going for a fresh people's mandate is the only appropriate alternative after the dissolution of the CA.
The CA failed to complete its task of promulgating the new constitution four years after its election.
Talking to reporters at his official residence in Baluwater minutes before the expiry of the CA term, the prime minister said the CA failed to live up to its mandate due to the obstruction by anti-federal forces.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai proposed fresh elections for November 22 during address before the media after informing the president about the Cabinet decision.
Hinting at the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, PM Bhattarai accused that they (NC and UML) had accepted the CA under pressure due to various political movements.
“Those who were in support of the constitution of 2047 accepted the Constituent Assembly out of compulsion, which is this situation of dissolving the CA surfaced,” said the prime minister who looked gloomy during the press meet.
He alleged that the parties (NC and UML) even tried to threaten him.
When asked about possible intervention from the president, Bhattarai said the interim constitution has clearly mentioned that the power remains in the hand of Cabinet and his government will hold the elections.
“The constitution has clearly defined the power of the prime minister and the president, and I hope the president would abide by it,” said PM Bhattarai.
The Constituent Assembly, originally elected for a two-year term in 2008 to draft a new constitution, was extended four times after it failed to finish its mandate task. However, the major parties could not agree to extend it for the fifth time after the Supreme Court issued a ruling against further extension.
The Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and other fringe parties including Rastriya Prajatantra Party have expressed reservations over the Cabinet decision to go for fresh election, saying it was against the interim constitution.
Posted on: 2012-05-28 12:15