PM Koirala to ask President to initiate process to form new govt

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala will ask President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to begin the process to elect the new prime minister from the Legislature-Parliament and form new government as per the provisions in the newly promulgated Constitution.

In the meeting of Cabinet held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at Singhadarbar, Koirala informed his Cabinet colleagues that he will meet the Head of the State and ask him to initiate the process to form new government as per Nepal's Constitution, Minister for General Administration, Lal Babu Pandit, told THT Online over phone.

Likewise, Prime Minister Koirala will address the meeting of Legislature-Parliament today itself.

The Cabinet also decided to start preparing a proposal for the amendment of Constitution in order to address the concerns of the agitating Madhesi parties.

As per the provisions in the Constitution, the House should elect the new Prime Minister within a week of the beginning of new session.

The House was prorogued on September 19, on the eve of promulgation of Constitution, with an intent to allow Prime Minister Koirala to take part in the United Nations General Assembly.

He, however, called off his purported trip to New York considering domestic political situation.

Article 298(2) of Nepal’s Constitution, 2072, says:

If the session of the Legislature-Parliament is ongoing at the time of commencement of this constitution, then from the date of the commencement of the constitution; and if the parliament is not in session, then from the date of the summoning of the session under Article 296 (6); within seven days the Prime Minister shall be elected as per the political understanding.

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