Nepal parties get more time to resolve constitution stalemate

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Mar 25, 2015 18:22 IST

With parties failing to reach any agreement on the stalemate over the new constitution, chief of Nepal's constituent assembly has given them more time to arrive at consensus.

Chairman of the assembly Subhash Nemwang on Wednesday gave both the ruling and opposition parties time till 5 pm on March 29 to forge a deal or else the process to draft the statute will move forward.

"If they fail to arrive at an agreement on the disputed issues of the constitution within that time I am ready to go ahead with the process (to draft the constitution through majority voting)," he told journalists.

Last week Nemwang had set March 25 as deadline to resolve the logjam, but with no meaningful discussions taking place between both sides the date passed without reaching any solution.

Ruling parties and the Maoist-led opposition in Nepal are at loggerheads over the issue of federalism in the new constitution.

While the 30-party opposition alliance wants identity-based federal states, the ruling parties are against it. Differences over the key issue led to lawmakers missing a constitution drafting deadline in January 22 this year.

Negotiations have failed to make headway and the opposition alliance of 30-parties has announced fresh protests beginning March 25 which will end with a three-day nationwide strike on April 9.

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