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Red herring

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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Red herring
UCPN(M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal told reporters at the general convention in Hetauda that the party had decided to nominate current Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi as the next Prime Minister.
Janaastha quotes Dahal saying, “It looks like there will be consensus regarding chief justice’s appointment as PM. I’ve just talked to Jhalnath Khanal about it and I’m on the line with others.” Khanal, according to Janaastha, flatly denied it.
With the opposition adamant that a party candidate should lead the next government, this move will be rejected by the opposition.
There are constitutional complications as well. Krishna Khanal, political analyst and professor at Tribhuwan University, told Nepali Times that there are no provisions in the constitution to appoint current CJ as the head of government. He added, “It is against the spirit of democracy to merge the executive and judiciary, and this move is not likely to bring any consensus.”

UCPN(M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal told reporters at the general convention in Hetauda that the party had decided to nominate current Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi as the next Prime Minister.

Janaastha quotes Dahal saying, “It looks like there will be consensus regarding chief justice’s appointment as PM. I’ve just talked to Jhalnath Khanal about it and I’m on the line with others.” Khanal, according to Janaastha, flatly denied it.

With the opposition adamant that a party candidate should lead the next government, this move will be rejected by the opposition.

There are constitutional complications as well. Krishna Khanal, political analyst and professor at Tribhuwan University, told Nepali Times that there are no provisions in the constitution to appoint current CJ as the head of government. He added, “It is against the spirit of democracy to merge the executive and judiciary, and this move is not likely to bring any consensus.”

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