Nepal may have a next govt next month

Nepal may have a next govt next month

KATHMANDU - While political parties may have begun discussions on the formation of a new government, the country may have to wait for at least a month before it witnesses a change of guard.

The list of legal and constitutional procedures is long-counting of votes is over, but finalising the list of new Constituent Assembly members will take at least another 10 days. The chairman of the interim government will announce the date of the first CA meeting after the final results of the November 19 election is made public in the Nepal gazette.

While the CA members will be given 21 days to hold the first meeting, the same could be held earlier if there is political consensus and the parliament secretariat completes the technical preparations.

In 2008, the first CA meeting was called after 20 days of the final election results.

The first CA meeting will be chaired by the oldest member of the CA. In 2008, Nepali Congress (NC) lawmaker Kul Bahadur Gurung chaired the first meeting, which abolished the 240-year-old monarchy and made the country a republic. This time around, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Surya Bahadur Thapa is likely to chair the first meeting.

One likely agenda of the first meeting could be taking the ownership of progresses made by the erstwhile CA on constitution drafting.

"This could be one of the major agendas of the first meeting to make the day a significant one," Tek Prasad Dhungana, the CA's legal Advisor told Post.

The first meeting will also take a call on the formulation of the working procedures of the new CA. As the CA will also function as a parliament, the formal process to form a new government will begin only after the first meeting, according to chairman of the former CA, Subas Nembang.

Soon after the first meeting, the President will call on the parties to form a unity government.

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