KATHMANDU, NOV 23, 2012
President Ram Baran Yadav on Friday issued a formal call to the political parties to form a national unity government as per the Article 38(1) of the Interim Constitution.
The president, who repeatedly held talks with the major political parties and urged them to forge a national consensus, has given a seven-day deadline to form the new government.
The president issued the directive in line with the interim constitution after the parties failed to hammer out a deal even after several attempts.
According to the Interim Constitution, the president has to issue a formal directive to form a national government. If the parties failed to do so within the given time, the president's office will write to the parliament to form a government through a majority votes.
The interim constitution has a provision to elect a prime minister on the basis of political agreement. After the country was declared a republic in May 2008, the president has been issuing such calls to the parties.
However, the parties are at loss this time as to what will be their future step if they fail to form a consensus government as there is no parliament after the formal disbandment of Constitution Assembly (CA) on May 27.
Following the formal dissolution of the CA, the president had issued a statement that the government has automatically turned into a caretaker one.