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First Women Chief Justice in Nepal: Ms. Justice Sushila Karki set to take oath

Justice Sushila Karki of Supreme Court of Nepal
Justice Sushila Karki of Supreme Court of Nepal

March,15,2016: Nepal is set to have its first woman chief justice with a judicial body on Monday recommending Justice Sushila Karki’s name for the top post, months after the country got its first woman President and Speaker.

A meeting of the Judicial Council recommended the name of J. Karki, the senior-most judge in Nepal’s Supreme Court, for appointment as the next chief justice of the country.

The Judicial Council decided to forward the name of J. Karki to the Constitutional Council, headed by Prime Minister K P Oli, which is responsible for nominating the head of the judiciary.

Karki will take charge once President Bidhya Bhandari formally endorses her nomination. She will take charge after April 13 when the current Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha retires, officials said.

Karki is known for her ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption.

Last year in October, Bhandari was elected as Nepal’s first woman president. Also last year, Nepalese lawmakers elected the country’s first woman Speaker of Parliament — UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Onsari Gharti Magar — following formation of a new government after promulgation of the Constitution.

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