Govt readies to send back ordinaces to Prez

KATHMANDU, AUG 23 – A week after President Ram Baran Yadav rejected two ordinances related to electoral laws, the government is all set to resend them along with other important ordinances, including one on the truth and reconciliation commission.

The government’s plan to resend the poll ordinances is likely to further increase tension between the government and the President’s Office as the latter had already refused to endorse them.

Multiple sources at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Law said a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday is likely to recommend the President to okay the ordinances.

The truth and reconciliation commission ordinance is also likely to draw flak from rights activities and opposition parties. The formation of a reconciliation commission was delayed as parties were sharply divided over the terms of the proposed body.

The government is forwarding a number of ordinances at a time when opposition parties are protesting against the government’s move, saying that the move would “weaken democracy.”

The other ordinances include those concerning health, civil servants, the Local Governance Act that deals with the power of CDOs, parliamentary hearing for appointment in constitutional bodies and urban development.

It is not clear how the President’s Office will react to those ordinances. However, in recent meetings, Yadav has reportedly told PM Bhattarai not to forward more ordinances. There is sharp division among the public on whether the President can use his discretionary powers to send back ordinances forwarded by the government. Yadav has publicly defended his move, saying running the country’s affairs through ordinances is not a good thing to do.

The lawmaking process is dependant on ordinances after the CA dissolution on May 27.ekantipur

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