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Interim Constitution to be promulgated on Jan 15

Paving the way for their entering the political mainstream in Nepal, the Maoists agreed to join an interim Parliament on January 15.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 18:51 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Paving the way for their entering the political mainstream in Nepal, the Maoists on Monday agreed to join an interim Parliament on January 15 after promulgation of the interim Constitution and completion of the rebels' disarming process.

A high level meeting at Prime Minister GP Koirala's official Baluwatar residence here decided to implement the interim statute on January 15 through the House of Representatives, a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the parleys between the seven party alliance and the Maoists said.

The six-hour meeting also discussed various important issues including the arms management and formation of the Interim Parliament, Rajendra Mahato, general secretary of Nepal Sadbhavana Party said.

The 'Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007' drafted with the consensus of all the eight political parties, including the Maoists, will be promulgated on January 15 and the interim Parliament formed on the same day after the House of Representatives endorses it, he said.

However, the interim government inclusive of the Maoists will be formed only after the arms management process is completed, Mahato said.

A United Nations mission sent its first batch of arms monitors to Nepalgunj today to register the arms and the armies of the rebels and begin the disarming process.

The day the interim constitution comes into effect, the reinstated House of Representatives will be dissolved and a 330-member interim Parliament will be formed, in which the Maoists will have 73 seats, he said.

The meeting also called all political parties and the civil society to cooperate for conducting the constituent assembly polls by mid-June in a free, fair and fearless manner, Mahato said.

The political leaders asked all to remain cautious while launching protests, as reactionary forces and unwanted elements may take cover of such programmes and infiltrate into the country. The meeting also decided to expedite the process of distributing citizenship certificates and updating the voters list to conduct the election to the constituent assembly elections by mid-June.

The leaders expressed commitment to reinstate the displaced police posts across the country and to ask the village development committee secretaries to operate the VDCs smoothly.

The top leaders of the eight political parities also agreed not to launch agitations that may hinder the ongoing peace process.

The Maoists have earlier threatened to launch a stir if the interim constitution was not implemented by January 14.

Top leaders including Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, CPN-M chairman Prachanda, CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal and Nepali Congress (Democratic) president Sher Bahadur Deuba were among those present in the meeting.

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