KATHMANDU, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday asked top leaders of major parties to take a decision regarding his tenure, a controversial issue after the Nov. 19 elections, very soon.
The country's head of state made such a request after the second and third largest party in the new Constituent Assembly (CA) said that term of the president has expired and there should be an election in the parliament to elect a new one as per the fresh mandate.
Inviting top leaders of the parties to his residence, Yadav made it clear that he is ready to abide by the cross-party decision regarding his term. The second and third largest party, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist), are putting pressure on the largest party, Nepali Congress (NC), to go for fresh election. But NC, a centrist party, is of the view that the incumbent president elected in 2008 should remain in place till the promulgation of a new constitution by the new CA.
"The president asked us to take a common position about his tenure instead of making the issue controversial at public forums. The president also said that cross-party decision would be acceptable to him," CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal told the media after the meeting.
Top leaders of major parties, including NC President Sushil Koriala, CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal assured the head of state that they will soon take a common position.