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NFP to abstain from Presidential voting

October 11, 2015 6:37 pm

The National Federation Party says its three Opposition MP’s intend to abstain from voting for a new President in Parliament today.

In a statement NFP says this is because the process to elect a President who is supposed to symbolize the unity of the nation, has not been de-politicised and most importantly lacks bipartisanship with both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition nominating their own nominees.

NFP Leader Biman Prasad says it was not done through dialogue and consultation.

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Prasad says while the Opposition Leader’s nominee was endorsed following consultation with the Tovata confederacy, the Prime Minister has nominated a sitting member of Parliament and a senior Cabinet Minister.

There, he says the NFP does not want to be part of a partisan process and vote in a process that will elect a partisan candidate as the next President.

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