All-party meet in Nepal to draft constitution

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 00:59 IST

Political parties in Nepal will take part in a national conference this Tuesday to try and address contentious issues related to the country’s proposed new constitution.

Leaders of 31 parties represented in the constituent assembly and 33 others who are not hope to find common grounds on the contentious issues of forms of government, federalism, judiciary and electoral system.

The move is an attempt to accommodate the 33-party alliance led by Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, a breakaway Maoist faction, which had boycotted last year’s constituent assembly elections. “Suggestions put forward by all parties will be compiled and submitted to leaders of major parties for further action,” CPN-M spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said.

Though there is no decision yet on how the suggestions would find their way into the new statute, parties believe decisions taken in the conference could help promulgate the constitution on schedule.

Following last year’s election, parties represented in the constituent assembly had set January 22 next year as the deadline to draft the new constitution. There is apprehension that the conference could take much longer to resolve them thus delaying the statute drafting process.

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