Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Nemwang elected Speaker

Subash Chandra Nemwang on Wednesday was sworn in as the Speaker of the newly formed Interim Legislature-Parliament.
Today's sitting of the interim parliament formally elected the former speaker of the dissolved House of Representatives, Nemwang as the new speaker by a unanimous consent.

Nemwang's appointment was unopposed in the Interim Legislature.

Earlier today, the eight parties had agreed to continue with Nemwang and Chitralekha Yadav as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the parliament respectively despite the CPN-M demanding the new Speaker to be someone from their party.

The parties had opted for a general consensus to decide on the new Speaker instead of holding elections for the same after CPN-UML and CPN-M both lay claim to the post of Speaker.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the top leaders of four major parties ? Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, CPN-M and NC-D ? had resumed today at the PM residence, Baluwatar after yesterday's meeting to decide on the Speaker, Deputy Speaker of the interim legislature ended inconclusively.

Similarly, a meeting of the CPN-UML standing committee today had also demanded that the new Speaker be decided today itself.

According to UML's standing committee member Jhalanath Khanal, the UML was presenting the party views regarding the Speaker appointment during today's meeting of the eight parties after a thorough discussion over the latest political developments in the country in today's meeting.

"The CPN-UML has not made demands for any specific posts, it is merely urging to give continuity to Subash Nemwang," Khanal said.

The UML leader further said that the CPN-UML is not in the parliament for the sake of garnering posts and that if attempts were made to defame the party in this regard, it would boycott the parliament.

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