Nepal`s deadlocked parties delay voting on House extension
Last Updated: Monday, May 24, 2010, 21:12
Kathmandu: Nepal's three major political parties, who are seeking to reach a deal to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly beyond May 28, on Monday delayed a voting on a key bill to amend the constitution amid continuing deadlock.

Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee (PBAC) on Monday postponed a meeting of the Parliament as per the recommendation made by the major three parties-- the prime minister's Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the Nepali Congress and the main Opposition Unified CPN-Maoist. Accordingly, parliament's sitting on Monday was postponed till Tuesday.

Nepal's ruling coalition last week introduced a bill in the 601-Assembly to extend the term of the House for one year so that it can finish the task of framing a new constitution.

CPN-Maoist party, with nearly 35 percent of the parliamentary seats, have refused to cooperate in extending the Assembly till Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal steps down.

Without the Maoists support, the ruling coalition would be unable to garner the two-thirds parliamentary vote required to get the proposal approved by the House.

A meeting of Unified CPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and UML today decided to ask the Constituent Assembly chairman to postpone the voting on the bill, Ram Chandra Paudel, Nepali Congress leader, was quoted as saying in the media.

The Maoist party had registered a bill opposing the government’s decision to extend the term of the House.

The deadlocked leaders have underlined the need for a consensus rather than voting to deal with the extension of the House. They have decided to meet tomorrow to forge a consensus on the issue.


First Published: Monday, May 24, 2010, 21:12

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