Maoists, NC still disagree on governance

The largest party in the Constituent Assembly - Unified CPN-Maoist - and the main opposition Nepali Congress party are at loggerheads.

Kathmandu: The largest party in the
Constituent Assembly - Unified CPN-Maoist - and the main
opposition Nepali Congress party are at loggerheads regarding
the system of governance to be adopted in the new
The meeting of the Dispute Resolution Sub-committee under
the Constitution Drafting Committee held yesterday concluded
without any decision as both the Maoists and the Nepali
Congress were firm about their respective stances regarding
the system of governance, sources close to the Nepali Congress

The largest democratic party Nepali Congress was in favour
of a Westminster type of system, where all executive powers
are vested upon the Prime Minister, who is elected from the

In sharp contrast, the Maoists are proposing a directly
elected President with sweeping powers.

"We are totally against the provision for directly
electing the president with sweeping powers," said Nepali
Congress central member Bimalendra Nidhi, who is also the
member of the Dispute Resolution Sub-committee.

The party is ready to agree on sharing powers between the
president, who is elected through the electoral college and
the Prime Minister, who is vested with executive powers, he
We are ready to discuss on providing some of the executive
powers to the president, who will be elected through an
electoral college, Nidhi said.

However the Maoists are opposed to the Westminster type of

"We cannot accept a system where the president is elected
directly by the people," Nidhi said.

However, most of the other issues relating to the
constitution drafting have been settled among the major
political parties through negotiations.

Meanwhile, the top leaders of three major political
parties are scheduled to meet today in an attempt to find
agreement in disputed issues for new constitution including
the forms of governance.

The top leaders of UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and
CPN-UML will discuss the disputed issues for finding a
political consensus on fundamental issues such as system of
governance and electoral system, Nepali Congress sources said.

Nepal`s Constituent Assembly has adopted a new calendar to
complete works relating to drafting the new constitution by
May end after extending the Constituent Assembly term for
fourth time.


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