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Party ready for republic, but against proportional system: Nepali PM
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14:18, October 20, 2007

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Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said his party is ready for a commitment proposal to announce republic after Constituent Assembly (CA) election, but is opposed to proportional voting system, local leading media group's website Nepalnews reported on Saturday.

Koirala, also leader of the largest party the Nepali Congress ( NC), said this while talking to reporters in his hometown Biratnagar, some 240 km east of the capital Kathmandu, before flying back to Kathmandu on Saturday morning.

He hinted that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) proposal to adopt proportional system would not be accepted by the NC under any circumstances.

Referring to the suspension of the Nov. 22 polls, Koirala said nobody has the right to keep the nation in a state of indecision.

CPN-M tabled a "special political proposal" in the Interim Parliament seeking a proclamation to establish republican order in Nepal through the Interim Parliament and to adopt proportional voting system for CA polls.

Since the seven-party leaders could not reach any consensus on the two key demands raised by CPN-M, the Nepali Election Commission (EC) on Oct. 5 decided to suspend all election programs for Constituent Assembly following a request letter to do so from Nepali Interim Government.

Citing the mentioned two demands not met, CPN-M ministers resigned from the Interim Government on Sept. 18, while its members remained in the Interim Parliament.

The special session of the parliament to discuss CPN-M's demands motions, summoned on Oct. 11, is to resume on Oct. 29.


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