KATHMANDU: As the President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav bowed down over the pressure of foreigners while appointing Chief Commissioner of the Commission of the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), he is loosing his supporters. Expressing serious reservations about the appointment of Karki as the CIAA chief, the President’s Political Advisor Hari Sharma has tendered resignation.
The resignation came two days after President Ram Baran Yadav endorsed Karki’s controversial nomination made by the Constitutional Council despite public furore.
Amid strong differences in the four major political forces and growing ‘external pressure,’ the President on Wednesday endorsed the nomination of Karki, the former chief secretary implicated by the Rayamajhi Commission for suppressing the April 2006 people’s movement.
“A day before the appointment, there was an understanding at the President’s office that the nomination would be sent back to the government for a review. However, the President had to endorse the appointment following maneuverings at various political levels throughout Tuesday night,” Kantipur Daily quoted a source at Sheetal Niwas as saying. “The President’s advisory group felt humiliated after he took the decision without further discussions,” the source added.
It is learnt that two other advisors—Legal Advisor Surya Dhungel and Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal —are also ‘dissatisfied’ with the President’s move to backtrack on the plan to put on hold Karki’s appointment. A political source told the Post that President Yadav’s advisory board played a key role in convincing the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML leadership that Karki’s appointment could derail plans to hold elections in November.
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