KATHMANDU: As the constituent assembly dissolved without promulgating the new constitution as leaders remained adamant to their stance, CPN-UML has proposed to go for multiple identity-based federalism and a directly-elected prime minister in the planned Constituent Assembly elections.
During the meeting of the central committee, Chairperson of the party Jhalanath Khanal stressed for multiple identity-based federalism and directly elected PM. However critics say that there is no meaning of CPN-UML putting forwards its stance as it keeps on changing as per the whim.
Party Spokesperson Pradeep Gyawali informed that multiple identity-based federalism and a directly-elected prime ministerial system will promote democratic culture in the country. He said the UML was forced to go for the two systems as the other parties backtracked on their Hattiban agreement. In April last year in Hattiban Resort, major political forces—UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha—had agreed to go for a mixed model of governance where power is shared between the directly-elected executive president and a PM elected by a parliament.
The party has urged the government and the Election Commission to continue with the one percent threshold for proportional representation, not to allow convicts to contest the polls and to stick to the number of constituencies the parties have agreed upon. However the plan was opposed by some fringe parties and UCPN-Maoist. The four political forces had also agreed to fix 491 seats (240 first-past-the-post, 240 proportional and 11 nominations).
The Central leadership of the CPN-UML has regretted recommending the controversial Lokman Singh Karki as the chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority. Protesting Karki’s appointment, civil society leaders picketed the UML headquarters in Balkhu on Thursday.