Nepali main opposition party rejects plan to extend CA tenure

13:03, May 28, 2010      

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The main opposition Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) has decided against extending the tenure of the Constituent Assembly (CA), arguing that the extension will be meaningless until there is a national consensus to ensure peace and constitution, local media reported on Friday.

According to The Rising Nepal daily, a meeting of the standing committee of the party decided to this effect on Thursday, a day before the end of the 2-year term of the CA for promulgating a new constitution.

"We decided not to extend the CA term unless there is a national consensus to ensure peace and new constitution. We have concluded that the present government is the barrier to peace and constitution and it is useless to add a new duration to the CA for promulgating a new constitution until the prime minister resigns and paves the way for a national unity government," UCPN-M spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said after the meeting.

Sharma argued that the ruling parties would be responsible for the dissolution of the CA as they had their representatives in the helm of power including the president, the prime minister, the speaker of the parliament and chairman of the CA and the chairperson of the constitutional committee of the CA.

The spokesperson of the single largest party blamed the ruling parties for not showing any flexibility to end the one-year long political deadlock and reach a national consensus.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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