Nepal polls remain uncertain

November 14th, 2007 - 8:31 am ICT by admin  
As communist parties and Nepali Congress (NC) voted differently at the special session of the interim parliament on Sunday, analysts on Nepal politics fear it could trigger rift within the ruling alliance and make the Constituent Assembly elections further uncertain.

The special session of the interim Parliament on Sunday passed the CPN-UML’s amendment motion on declaring the Himalayan Nation a republic and the Maoists’ motion for adopting proportional representation based voting system, by a simple majority through voice voting.

The CPN-UML amendment motion seeks immediate republic declaration from the House and take steps for the implementation of republican system at the earliest.

While the Maoists and the CPN-UML voted in favour of each other’s proposal, the NC voted against both the proposals.

A senior leftist intellectual and political analyst Nilambar Acharya said that the voting would render the Constituent Assembly election more uncertain.

“The communist parties came together to pass meaningless proposals,” Nepalnews quoted Acharya, as saying.

“This will push back the republic. This has broken the tradition of understanding,” he said.

He added that passing an insignificant proposal of public importance on the issue of republic was ludicrous at a time when this issue has been supported by all and sundry.

Another political scientist Professor Krishna Khanal also said that the vote division in the parliament would raise the question mark on Constituent Assembly election.

He said this could trigger polarisation between leftists and democrats.

Meanwhile, communist parties are reportedly seeking a change in government leadership in order to implement the passed proposals. (ANI)

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