Thursday, January 18, 2007

Poudel Sworn In as CJ by PM Koirala

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala sworn in the Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel at a special swearing-in ceremony at Singh Durbar this afternoon.

On Wednesday, a special cabinet meeting decided that the CJ should take oath of office by the PM.

Justice and other justices will be sworn in by the CJ in accordance with Article 162 (2) of the interim constitution that explicitly states that the judges will have to take fresh oath and anyone refusing to do so would stand dismissed.

The cabinet decision puts an end to the speculation over who will swear in Chief Justice Paudel since the constitutional clause merely states, "Oath will be imparted by anyone who is authorised to do so by the government."

After the ceremony, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said that the interim government would be formed within two weeks.

Koirala also said that the process for management of arms and soldiers of the Maoists would be complete in a week or two. "Interim government will be formed after the complete management of arms and armies", Koirala said adding there will be no possibility for the existence of any autocratic forces. "We, all should contribute to establish new Nepal", Koirala said.

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