SPA forms taskforce to forge an agreement today itself
Dec 15 – The seven party-alliance is busy holding consultations on Saturday on the issue of power sharing among the three major parties—Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist. The formal meeting of the seven parties held this morning at Baluwatar set up a taskforce to forge an agreement and come up with a draft for the same to be inked by the top leaders by this afternoon. The meeting of the top SPA leaders has been postponed till afternoon by asking the taskforce to hammer out an amicable solution of the power-sharing row. The taskforce comprises Maoist leader Babu Ram Bhattarai, NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi, UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikary, Left Front leader C P Mainali and the People’s Front leader Lila Mani Pokharel. (detail)
UML chief claims agreement by this evening, new CA polls date soon
Dec 15 – CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the seven-party alliance would forge an agreement on the outstanding political issues by Saturday evening and the fresh date for the Constituent Assembly elections would be announced in a day or two. Talking to reporters at Bharatpur Airport upon arrival in Chitwan district where he came to inaugurate the sixth convention of the UML’s district unit today, Nepal even claimed that the parties have agreed on allocation of the ministerial portfolios.
However, he did not want to elaborate on the power-sharing agreement. He further added that the parties have already agreed to conduct the CA elections by the end of the current Nepali year i.e. mid-April next year, and that they would ink an agreement to this effect following the meeting of the top SPA leaders this evening. “The government would announce a new date for the elections within a day or two,” he said. (detail)
Power-sharing dispute stalls agreement
Dec 15 – Top leaders of the Seven-Party Alliance failed to convene their formal meeting on Friday as the three major parties could not agree on a fresh power-sharing deal as demanded by Maoists and the CPN-UML. CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Nepal and Maoist Chairman, Prachanda demanded that the Home, Defense and Finance ministries be allotted among the three largest parties-NC, CPN-UML and Maoists. As Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala rejected the demand outright, Prachanda and Nepal left the meeting telling the PM to invite them again if necessary. “They were clearly in a bargaining mode,” said an angry NC leader, adding, “They keep on adding demands that they think the NC cannot fulfill.” (detail here)
Old differences resurface, consensus sinks
Dec 14 – The much anticipated high-level talks between the major political parties failed to forge an agreement Friday. After the top leaders could not find a consensus on the current political issues during the high-level informal meeting, the formal seven-party meeting to end the current political deadlock–that was supposed to take place this afternoon—did not take place.
Top leaders of the major four parties, Nepali Congress (NC), UML, Maoists and People’s Front-Nepal, took part in the informal meeting held at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s official Baluwatar residence. According to sources, although the political parties have reached an agreement on major issues including the proclamation of a republic through the interim parliament and approving the decision by the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA), they are still divided on the technicalities of the mixed and multi proportional electoral proportional system. (more)
Republic to be mentioned in statute
PR percentage to go up
Dec 13 – Coming close to consensus on core political differences that dominated national politics for months, three major parties in the ruling Seven Party Alliance (SPA) have reached an understanding to set a fresh date for Constituent Assembly elections on Friday. Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist) leaders agreed to incorporate a term in the interim constitution to reflect the spirit of “Loktantrik Republic” and increase the proportional representation seats, as points of consensus, said UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal.
They have agreed to go for full-fledged implementation of a republic only after the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly. The PM will work as head of state until the CA’s first meet, according to Khanal. On the electoral system, they have agreed to readjust the proportion of seats between proportional system and first-past-the-post.
“Possibly it will be 55:45 as the communist partners are ready for a 60:40 ratio,” said a participant. The parties have agreed to guarantee all unrepresented groups at least one seat by increasing the seats under the proportional representation system. Home Minister Sitaula claimed no difference persists on the major issues but agreement will be reached only after discussion with all allies in the coalition at Friday’s SPA meet. (more)