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Congress to oppose Maoists' motion

Nepali congress will oppose Maoists' proposal to declare the country a republic and adopt a proportional electoral system.

world Updated: Oct 12, 2007 03:52 IST

Nepal's largest party leading the interim government will oppose the Maoists' motion for declaring the country a republic and adopting a proportional electoral system through the special session of the parliament convened on Thursday.

The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Nepali Congress (NC) decided to oppose the CPN-Maoists proposal for declaring Nepal a republic through the special session of the parliament and adopting proportional voting system for the constituent assembly polls.

During the three-day meeting which concluded on Wednesday, the CWC members urged the government to immediately set a new date for Constituent Assembly polls and resume the election process at the earliest, a statement issued by the NC said.

The meeting urged the Maoist leadership to remain committed to their promise of holding CA election and also fully abide by the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, the CPN (Maoist) registered a proposal at the parliament secretariat on Wednesday seeking a parliamentary proclamation to turn Nepal a republic and adopt a voting system based on proportional representation.

The special session of the parliament is set to begin today. The Maoists forced Prime Minister GP Koirala to call a special session of the parliament so that the legislators could vote to decide whether Nepal's 238-year-old monarchy should be abolished and a fully proportional system be used for the polls.

The Maoists, who fought a decade-long armed insurgency to abolish the monarchy, joined the government earlier this year after inking a peace pact in 2006. More than 13,000 people were killed in the civil war in Nepal.