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Nepal in last ditch effort to avert crisis

world Updated: May 26, 2012 22:38 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Major parties in Nepal remained busy in last ditch efforts on Saturday to avert a constitutional crisis in case the new constitution isn’t promulgated within the May 27 deadline.

With barely hours left for the constituent assembly’s tenure to expire, Maoists, Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and Madhesi parties engaged in several rounds of meetings to reach consensus on issues.

Sharp differences among the major players on issues of restructuring the country into federal units and forms of government have affected the constitution drafting process.

If the parties fail to forge an agreement by Sunday midnight, the tenure of the CA would come to end and fresh elections may be needed to elect a new body to draft the statute.

On Saturday, the area near the CA building in Kathmandu remained tense with hundreds of demonstrators demonstrating for incorporation of single ethnicity based federalism in the new constitution.

Nearly 10,000 personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force have been deployed around the CA building and other sensitive spots in the capital in apprehensions of protests if the parties fail to meet the statute deadline.

Earlier this week, the government had tried to extend the deadline one more time by three months. But the Supreme Court scuttled the move.