KATHMANDU, Dec 1: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that Nepal entered a new phase of political stability following the successful conclusion of the three-tier elections held last year.
Addressing the inaugural session of the Asia Pacific Summit, the prime minister said that the successful conclusion last year of elections to all three tiers of federal setup-local, provincial and federal- with record turnout of voters have effectively ended the protracted political transition in Nepal, ushering the country in a new phase of political stability.
“My government enjoys robust mandate of the people with three-fourth support of the parliament, out of which my party alone constitutes two-third majority. The people of Nepal have voted for stability and economic transformation and as Prime Minister I am proud to dedicate myself to the great service of the nation and people,” Oli said amid the presence of dignitaries from countries across the Asia Pacific region at Hotel Hyatt.
Oli said that political stability has an important bearing on policy stability. “All confusion and uncertainty surrounding policy domains have also come to an end with our clear vision and forward looking approach. This will positively impact on our efforts towards socio-economic development,” the prime minister said.
Prime Minister Oli said that recent political transformation in Nepal has been a monumental achievement in the country’s history.
Talking about the Nepalese peace process that began in 2006, the prime minister said “Equally successful has been our unique peace process, launched in 2006. It was a process invented, led, owned, managed and steered by ourselves. With courageous steps and bold decisions at various critical points of time, we have been able to fundamentally conclude the peace process and leave behind one of the most difficult periods in our history.”
In achieving this landmark success, Nepal has set an example that, in a diverse society like ours, through dialogue, understanding, mutual respect, compromise and accommodation, even an armed conflict can be successfully resolved and supremacy of ballot over bullet can be established, Oli added.
“While one-size-fits-all approach cannot work in addressing country-specific situation, I, however, believe that our success story can serve as a good example for emulation elsewhere,” the prime minister said.