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Nepali Congress supports federal democratic republic
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07:34, September 27, 2007

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A day after the party unification, the Nepali Congress (NC) took another historic decision Wednesday to opt for a federal democratic republic, according to a leading website, eKantipur.com.

The ongoing NC Maha Samiti (central committee) meeting held here Wednesday formally endorsed the political proposal tabled by party's General Secretary Ram Chandra Poudel during Tuesday's meeting.

The decision is a breakaway from the party's policy of constitutional monarchy, which it had religiously adhered to since its inception back in 1947.

The eight-page long political proposal stated that establishment of a "federal republican state with inclusive and fully democratic rule is the overarching goal of the Nepali Congress."

The party has concluded that the monarchy and democracy cannot go together since the monarchy is based on authoritarianism and violence and has always disregarded democracy.

The proposal also called for the socioeconomic management based on justice and progress and unity on the issue of maintaining goodwill among the Nepali people.

The NC's decision in favor of a republic could also help defuse the prevailing political stand-off between the seven parties and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) stemming from the latter's insistence on the declaration of a republic ahead of the CA elections scheduled on Nov. 22.

On Tuesday, CPN-M Chairman Prachanda and Home Minister and NC leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula agreed to issue a joint statement expressing commitment of the eight parties to declare the country a republic.

The parties are discussing a commitment proposal on a republic through parliament after the top leaders reached the agreement, the website reported.

Prime Minister and President of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala and President of Nepali Congress (Democratic) Sher Bahadur Deuba signed the party unification document on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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