Nepal to elect new Prime Minister on Saturday

May 22nd, 2009 - 2:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, May 22 (ANI): The advisory committee on parliamentary procedures has decided to hold the election for new Prime Minister on Saturday.

During a meeting on Thursday, the committee has also handed over the authority to Speaker Subas Nemwang to decide the issue of Maoist’s resolution against the President’s decision to block the government decision to sack the army chief.

Maoist parliamentary party leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said, “The committee has also decided to hold election for the new Prime Minister on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, caretaker Prime Minister Prachanda cancelled his prescheduled address to the parliament as the parties failed to reach understanding on the resolution tabled by the Unified CPN (Maoist) against the President’s move.

Prachanda deferred his address as the Nepali Congress, the UML and other parties reiterated that the House cannot take up the resolution on the President’s move as the Supreme Court is to give its decision on a case against it. On the other hand, the Maoist side refused to withdraw the resolution.

The parliament secretariat announced the postponement of today’s schedule through a notice.

Earlier, during a meeting with speaker Nemwang, Prachanda agreed to allow the House proceedings on the condition that the House takes up the resolution.

The resolution has already been registered at the parliament secretariat, but it will be officially tabled at the parliament only after the approval of the Speaker.

The Speaker said he would take decision after consultation with the advisory committee, Nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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