Ruling, opposition parties discussing pending constitutional appointments

File: A meeting between KP Sharma Oli, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, in Kathmandu, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo: PM Oli’s Secretariat

Kathmandu, September 17

Top leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party and the main opposition, Nepali Congress, are scheduled to hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss appointing officials at various constitutional bodies.

Currently, around 40 positions are vacant in various constitutional commissions, and the two parties are likely to share the vacancies to appoint people close to them.

The Constitutional Council, comprising representatives of the both sides, is mandated to recommend names for the positions whereas the president shall appoint them.

Two chairpersons of the ruling party–KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal–had discussed the issue on Wednesday, agreeing to invite the main opposition leader, Sher Bahadur Deuba, to the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Thursday for further discussion.

Just on Wednesday, the main opposition party’s spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma had accused Prime Minister Oli of unwillingness to fill the vacancies.

Meanwhile, a task force within the NCP has suggested that the positions be filled in consultation with the party.

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