President consults with parties


President Ram Baran Yadav held a meeting yesterday with the leaders of the 27 parties represented in the former Nepalese parliament.

The meeting discussed the on-going peace process, the drafting of the constitution and the formation of a new government. The president called on the political leaders to forge a consensus to get the country out of its current political stalemate.

The parliament, known as the Constituent Assembly ran out of its mandated time in late May and since then there has been no parliament to proceed with the passing of laws or move the draft constitution forward. As a consequence the Electoral Commission has stated that it cannot organise an election for 22nd November as called for by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.

Meanwhile the opposition parties have called upon the prime minister to step down, saying that he has no authority to make decisions including the conduct of the future elections.

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