Prez to meet four major forces today

KATHMANDU: President Ram Baran Yadav has invited top leaders of four major political forces — ruling Unified CPN-Maoist and United Democratic Madhesi Front and parties in opposition Nepali Congress and CPN-UML — to discuss contemporary political situation and a possible way out of the current deadlock.

According to President’s Press Adviser Rajendra Dahal, the Head of State will be meeting the top leaders of the four major political forces tomorrow morning.

“The President wants to consult the leaders and discuss all the issues related to political deadlock so that a solution could be found,” said Dahal.

Tomorrow’s meeting between the Head of State and the leaders could be significant in view of recent developments, including today’s meeting of the top brass of the UCPN-M, NC and UML and a deal reached on Monday on integration of Maoist fighters.

In addition, the top leaders are under moral pressure to forge consensus, as the President has long been calling for shaking off partisan interests and do the needful to bail the country out of protracted stalemate.

During his earlier meeting with leaders of political parties, the President had urged them to at least draw up a plan for consensus and come up with that when they went to meet him again.

Ordinances also on agenda
KATHMANDU: During his meeting with leaders of four major political forces on Thursday, President Ram Baran Yadav will also discuss the ordinances forwarded by the government, according to President’s Press Adviser Rajendra Dahal. The government on Tuesday forwarded three ordinances — Commission on Inquiry of the Disappeared and Truth and Reconciliation Ordinance, Education (fourth amendment) Ordinance and Civil Service (third amendment) Ordinance — to the Office of the President. According to the Office of the President, the President has already begun consultations whether the ordinances were recommended within the limitation of the constitution. The President had earlier rejected two election related ordinances, citing them irrelevant.

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