KATHMANDU — The Bibeksheel Sajha Party has decided to not take part in the elections of a new President and Vice President, the party said in a statement.
In a press statement released today, Bibeksheel’s State Assembly parliamentary party province 3 leader Ramesh Poudyal said,”The Bibeksheel Sajha is in favour of a directly elected prime minister and a constitutional president. In the parliamentary practice, the role of constitutional president should be neutral, impartial and above the partisan interests. But, some of the decisions had crossed the jurisdictions.”
The party has three members elected under the proportional representation system in Province 3’s State Assembly.
Earlier on Monday, the party handed the rights to take a decision on the matter to the province-level leadership, deciding not take part in the both elections.
The presidential election is underway at the New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building and two candidates–incumbent President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Nepali Congress leader Kumari Laxmi Rai–are in the race for the post. The election that began at 10:00 am will conclude at 3:00 pm.
Meanwhile, Rastriya Prajatantra Party ( RPP) led by Kamal Thapa has announced its support for presidential candidate Bidya Devi Bhandari.
In a press statement today, party spokesperson Bhuwan Pathak said the party decided to vote in favour of the presidential election. Earlier, the CPN (UML) agreed to repeat incumbent Bhandari as the party’s candidate for the post.Follow @gorkhapost
2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali
KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.
Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.
“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.
He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.
On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.
He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.Follow @gorkhapost