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Constitution by street power, say Nepal Maoists

world Updated: May 18, 2010 01:08 IST
Utpal Parashar

Having failed in their attempt to dislodge the government despite a six-day strike earlier this month, opposition Maoists in Nepal are now planning to adopt the country’s new constitution from the streets.

Politburo members of UCPN (Maoist) decided on Sunday to declare the new constitution unilaterally on May 29 — the day Nepal marks as Republic Day after abolition of monarchy two years ago. “We will announce the draft of peoples’ federal republican constitution on Republic Day if the Constituent Assembly fails to promulgate it within May 28,” said Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma.

The deadline for Nepal to adopt its new constitution as well as the tenure of the Constituent Assembly set up two years ago for the purpose end on May 28.

Maoists who have more than one-third representation in CA are against extending its tenure to complete the new constitution till their demand for removal of the government is not met.

CA term extended

Meanwhile the government decided to extend the term of Constituent Assembly, which is expiring on May 28, by one year.