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Blasts rock Nepal on eve of swearing-in

As Nepal create political history with the swearing-in ceremony of the new members of the Constituent Assembly, two minor explosions rock the capital, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: May 26, 2008 23:30 IST
Anirban Roy

As Nepal is set to create political history on Tuesday with the swearing-in ceremony of the new members of the Constituent Assembly, two minor explosions in the capital have created a sense of insecurity.

Motorcycle-borne youths hurled two bombs at around 5.30pm in front of the Birendra International Convention Centre, the venue of the Constituent Assembly. No one was injured in the explosion.

Police claimed both the bombs exploded in front of the south gate of the high-security convention centre. Cadres of a newly-formed Nepal Ranvir Sena is responsible for the blast, the police said. The outfit has vowed to fight against the abolition of monarchy in Nepal.

Officials of the parliament secretariat said preparations for the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly has been completed. Manohar Prasad Bhattarai, secretary-general of Nepal’s Parliament told HT that Speaker Subhas Nembwang would administer the oath of office to the 575 elected members. The 26 nominated members would be sworn in later.

“We have completed the necessary preparations for the sittings of the Constituent Assembly,” Bhattarai said. Adequate security measures had been made for the session, he added.

Leaders of major political parties held a day-long meeting at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s official residence on Monday to iron out differences on formation of the new

government.

The Maoists have proposed to form a coalition government, while the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) have set several pre-conditions to join the coalition.

The assembly, which would have its first

sitting on Wednesday, will endorse the decision to declare Nepal a republic. Members of the civil society have urged King Gyanendra to leave Narayanhiti palace on or before Wednesday.