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Nepal Constituent Assembly finally meets to discuss extension

Last Updated: Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 00:06

Kathmandu: After hours of hectic
consultations between political parties, the Constituent
Assembly finally met late tonight to discuss the amendment
bill to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly that
expires on Saturday.

The meeting started at around 11.30 pm (local time) to
discuss the bill relating to amendment of the interim
Constitution that seeks to extend the term of the Constituent
The meeting was supposed to take place this morning
but was delayed by more than 15 hours.

The parliament session started after hectic
consultations between three major parties and the Madhesi
Front on the issue of concluding the peace process and
extending the term of the Constituent Assembly.
The top leaders of three major political parties,
Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are still holding talks in
a bid to forge an understanding to extending the term of the
Constituent Assembly.

Earlier, leaders of CPN UML and UCPN-Maoist, the two
largest party in the ruling coalition held discussions within
their parties to firm up their policies amid the deadlock with
the Nepali Congress, the main opposition in the House.

Unified CPN (Maoist), the largest party in the
601-member Constituent Assembly, also held a meeting of its
powerful Standing Committee.

A group of four Madhesi parties meanwhile laid out
three conditions, including resignation of Premier Jhala Nath
Khanal, autonomy and representation in the Army, to vote to
endorse a bill for extending the CA`s term.


First Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 00:06
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