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Nepali largest party ready to face voting on CPN-M demands
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14:49, October 26, 2007

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Senior leaders of Nepali Congress (NC), the largest Nepali party, hinted that they were ready to face voting in the parliament to decide the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) demands, local leading media group 's website Nepalnews reported Friday.

NC vice president Gopal Man Shrestha told reporters on Thursday that the NC would vote against the CPN-M proposal -- regarding immediate declaration of republic through the Interim Parliament and adoption of fully proportional representation based election system.

Likewise, NC acting president Sushil Koirala also indicated that the voting would resolve the deadlock if the CPN-M do not withdraw their proposal in the parliament.

According to the report, a senior leader of CPN-UML, the third largest party in the house with one seat less than CPN-M, has said his party could vote in favor of republic and proportional representation (PR) election system, if it comes to voting in the parliament.

Jhal Nath Khanal, standing committee member of CPN-UML, said CPN-UML would vote in favor of its old demands for republic and PR system if consultations fail to reach a compromise.

The special session of the parliament, summoned on Oct. 11 to discuss related CPN-M motions, is going to resume on Oct. 29 when the CPN-M proposal will have to be decided through voting if attempts to reach compromise do not bear fruit by then.

Although the communist parties including CPN-M and CPN-UML have majority in the Interim Parliament, they lack the two-third majority required to push through their proposals.

According to Article 148 of the Interim Constitution of Nepal promulgated on Jan. 15, any proposal that seeks to amend the constitution has to be passed by two-thirds majority. Likewise, as per the second amendment of the constitution, the proposal to declare republic, too, needs to be passed by two-thirds majority.

In the current set-up of the parliament of around 320 seats, the NC has 132 members of parliament (MPs) followed by CPN-M with 84; and CPN-UML with 83.

Source: Xinhua

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