Nepal: Discussion over Karki’s impeachment to be held tomorrow

Kathmandu [Nepal], Oct. 24 : The Nepal Parliament has decided to table the impeachment motion registered against chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, Lokman Singh Karki, on Tuesday for theoretical discussion.

The house meeting on Sunday decided to table the motion at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, reports the Kathmandu Post. The deliberation could take one to three days depending on the number of lawmakers willing to speak. Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) lawmaker Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, the proposer of the motion, will table it in Parliament, explaining the reason for Karki's impeachment Parliament was scheduled to table the motion and start discussion on it on Thursday but the meeting was postponed at the request of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

The House meeting called on Sunday was adjourned until Tuesday as the Nepali Congress sought time for homework over the impeachment process.

A two-thirds majority of lawmakers is necessary to endorse the motion. Since it requires 397 votes, the impeachment motion cannot be passed without the support of the Nepali Congress, which has 207 members in Parliament.

The Maoist Centre and the UML have a total of 265 Mmembers of Parliament. Karki, considered one of the most powerful and influential figures in Nepal's state mechanism, has been accused by lawmakers of running a "parallel government" and abusing his powers.

Since his appointment in 2013, the anti-corruption czar had emerged as a political figure more powerful than the Prime Minister by targeting businessmen, politicians, lawyers, and silencing critics, editors and publishers.

Source: ANI