KATHMANDU, April 26: A group of 42 lawmakers from the CPN-UML has taken strong exception to the understanding between the major parties on adopting mixed system of governance and 385-member strong parliament (lower and upper house) in the new constitution.
Last week, top leaders of the major political parties had agreed to adopt mixed system of governance in which executive powers would be shared between the directly-elected president and parliament-elected prime minister.
The lawmakers opposing the understanding have argued that the UML´s official position to have a popularly-elected prime minister as the executive head and ceremonial president elected by parliament as the head of the state is the appropriate one.
"On system of governance, the policy adopted by our party is appropriate and there is also a strong ground for forging consensus on the model," said a letter submitted on Thursday by the lawmakers to party chairman Jhalanath Khanal, who is also the party´s parliamentary party leader.
They criticized the mixed model of governance saying such a model would invite instability and unnecessary friction between the head of state and the head of the government. The leaders, however, have argued that such a situation would not occur as the constitution would clearly list the powers of both the president as well as the prime minister.
"We, therefore, urge you to take initiatives to forge political consensus on directly elected executive head," read the letter.
They also expressed serious reservations over the proposed strength of federal parliament, saying the number is too large.
Yamlal Kandel, Netra Prasad Panthi, Ramnath Kandel, Hitkaji Gurug, Ravindra Adhikari, Binda Pandey, Naryani Ghimire, Deepak Karki, Sabitra Bhusal, Dhirendra Shrestha, Dharmaraj Niraula, Bishnu Rimal, Ram Chandra Jha and Dambardhwaj Tumbahamphe, among other lawmakers, signed the letter submitted to party Chairman Jhalanath Khanal.