'Seeking to resolve the lingering political stalemate in Nepal, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday appealed to opposition parties, including Prachanda's UCPN-Maoist, to settle the crisis through dialogue and be a part of constitution drafting process.
On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu Monday gifted 20 ambulances and four buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in 19 districts of Nepal.
Nepal's Constituent Assembly Chairman on Sunday took a step towards voting on the Constitution setting aside opposition demands of consensus for framing the document, even as the Maoists-led alliance vowed fresh protests against the move, deepening the political turmoil.
Nepal's opposition lawmakers led by Maoists today intensified their protests over a new constitution leading to fresh chaos in parliament, a day after the House missed the deadline to promulgate the new statute.
Nepal plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution, seen as a key step to stability in the Himalayan buffer state wedged between Asian powers China and India.Opposition party lawmakers stormed the well of parliament late on Thursday to prevent the ruling coalition from pushing ahead with a vote to salvage the draft of a charter marred by political rivalries."Political leaders must explain to people why they failed to fulfil their commitment," said Subas Nemwang, chairman of the Constituent Assembly tasked with preparing the charter.
Maoist supremo Prachanda on Wednesday apologised for his party's role in the Constituent Assembly brawl in Nepal that injured 14 people and admitted that it was a "mistake" but remained adamant on contentious issues of Constitution drafting.
Nepali lawmakers were Wednesday set to miss a self-imposed deadline for promulgation of the country`s new constitution after the various political parties failed to reach a consensus on key issues eluding a resolution.
The Ministry of External Affairs has said that it expects all Nepalese leaders to work together in the final stage of the peace process and in the drawing up a new Constitution that honours past agreements and the mandate of the elections.
Fighting broke out in Nepal`s parliament Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution.
Nepal's Maoist leader warned on Monday of "conflict" if ruling parties try to push through a constitution by a Thursday deadline without opposition agreement, and promised to press ahead with a general strike.