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Framing of Nepal's interim Constitution delayed

The framing of interim constitution that will pave the way for Maoist rebels to join an interim Govt, has been delayed by two weeks.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 16:06 IST

The framing of an interim constitution that will pave the way for Maoist rebels to join an interim government for Nepal has been delayed by at least two weeks, an official said on Tuesday.

The interim government would include rebel Maoists, who have been fighting a bloody "peoples war" for the last decade at a cost of at least 12,500 lives.

When the power-sharing deal was announced on June 16, the government said the interim Constitution would be ready by this Friday, but this target is now impossible, said Laxman Prasad Aryal, head of the six-member drafting panel.

"Although we have begun our work informally, we are unable to start the drafting procedure of the interim constitution due to the government delay in announcing other members of the committee," he said.

"Though the government assured us that it will be appointing new members in the committee within the last couple of days, it has not yet made any announcement in this regard. We do not know how many more members will be added," Aryal said.

The interim Constitution will now be at least two weeks later than planned, Aryal said.

"It will take at least 15 more days from the day we begin our work formally (after the full committee has been appointed)," he said.

The new government came into power at the end of April, after King Gyanendra was forced to end 14 months of direct rule following weeks of bloody protests.

Gyanendra took direct control of the impoverished nation in February 2005, claiming that the elected government was corrupt and had failed to stem a decade-long rebel insurgency.

Late last year, seven sidelined political parties entered a loose alliance with the rebels, and the parties and Maoists organised the mass protests in April in concert.

Since parliament was reinstated in April, the new government has observed a ceasefire with the rebels, and agreed to a key demand for the election of a body that will redraft Nepals 1990 Constitution permanently and probably remove the king formally from politics.