With only 90 days to go before the 28 May deadline for writing the constitution, the political deadlock continues.
The cabinet meeting on Thursday could not decide on the new governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank. The panel headed by the former secretary at Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Bhola Chalise, has nominated three names for the post: Vice Chair of the National Planning Commission Yubaraj Khatiwada, Deputy Governor Bir Bikram Rayamajhi and Finace Secretary Rameswor Khanal. Chalise himself was nominated as the NC candidate for the vice chairmanship of the National Planning Commission.
The Constitutional Council has been unable to decide on the heads of constitutional bodies because Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been absent from meetings. Apparently, Dahal has been absent on purpose because he wants to appoint his former school teacher Ram Kumar Shrestha as the head of the Office of the Auditor General.
The CA committee reports have been submitted, but there are wide discrepancies among the parties about their content. A new Reports Study Committee is looking at the points of compromise. Since there are fundamental differences about issues like state structure and federalism, the stalemate can?t be ended until there is a political agreement.
The High Level Political Mechanism was designed to provide that consensus, but the three parties spend all their time (when they meet) arguing about whether or not the Maoists should be in the government. The real problem is not between the parties but within parties, explains Maoist CA member Hari Roka, ?the parties themselves have to come up with a common stand.
Exploiting this disarray, monarchists and the rightwing have become newly assertive.
Disagreeing to agree?- FROM ISSUE #491 (26 FEB 2010 - 04 MARCH 2010)
Optimistic, but only if there is a political consensus - FROM ISSUE #491 (26 FEB 2010 - 04 MARCH 2010)