President restricts Bhattarai's role to caretaker PM - Nepalee.Com

President restricts Bhattarai’s role to caretaker PM

MAY 29, 2012 KATHMANDU – Political situation is looming its feces into crisis as Constituent assembly dissolved, President Ram Baran Yadav has insisted that the current Cabinet led by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will look after the day-to-day affairs of government until the formation of a new government.

The President added that the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (CA) has “automatically” brought the prime minister’s CA membership to an end. Bhattarai was elected PM on August 29 last year.

In a press statement issued by the president’s office on Tuesday, the president has stated that the Cabinet under the leadership of then Constituent Assembly member Baburam Bhattarai will continue to take charge of the government until the formation of another Cabinet according to the Interim Constitution 2007, Article 38 (9).

According to Article 64 of the Interim Constitution, the CA is automatically dissolved after May 27 and according to the Article 83, the CA cannot function as a legislature-parliament, the statement added.

The president has thanked the ministers of the current Baburam Bhattarai-led for the duties executed by it.

President Yadav has urged the political parties to promote the culture of political censuses as per the spirit of the Interim Constitution.

The president hoped that the parties would embrace the path of peaceful and democratic process in order to find a way out of the political uncertainty in the aftermath of unexpected termination of Constituent Assembly.

However, the president’s office has not addressed the issues raised by Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, Rastirya Prajatantra Party and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, among other parties. The parties had drawn the attention of President Yadav right after PM Bhattarai announced fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly, dubbing the latter’s move as “unconstitutional”.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Sunday announced the formal disbandment of CA, which was elected in 2008 to write a constitution, and proposed November 22 as the date for anther CA elections.

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