Parliament Secretariat clears the decks for new Speaker’s election

Kathmandu, October 2

A day after incumbent Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara tendered his resignation citing an allegation made against him in connection with his sexual misconduct with a woman, the Parliament Secretariat has informed lawmakers of the vacancy of the position.

The secretariat issued a public notice on Wednesday, informing that Mahara submitted his resignation. The notice signed by Secretary Bharat Raj Gautam says it was issued as per a directive of Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe. It means the House now can begin procedures for electing the new Speaker at an appropriate time.

Though Mahara had mentioned that his resignation would be effective “till the conclusion of the investigation”, the secretariat’s notice does not mention anything about it.

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