Nepal House passes interim constitution amendment bill to extend CA term

11:34, May 29, 2010      

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An emergency meeting of the Legislature Parliament early Saturday passed the 8th Amendment Bill of Interim Constitution of Nepal-2007 which will extend Constituent Assembly (CA) term by one year.

Out of the 585 lawmakers who attended the meeting, 580 voted on support of the Amendment Bill while only five voted against it.

Finalizing the result of majority votes cast by lawmakers, House Speaker Subash Nemwang announced that the 8th Amendment Bill has been passed with two-thirds majority of the Parliament.

Concluding the emergency meeting of House, he also added that the next session of House will sit on Monday afternoon. Now, the deadline for Nepal to promulgate new national constitution is also extended for one year.

The two-year CA term was meant to expire by Friday midnight, if Parliament would not have passed the Bill by two-thirds majority. The government on Monday registered the Interim Constitution Amendment Bill to extend the term of CA by one year.

However, the single and the largest opposition party Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) who filed a dissent note against the Bill took back its underscoring the agreement between major parties to form new national unity government.

"The three parties have agreed to form a new national unity government, parties have also agreed for logical end of peace process, so in this situation I would like to take back the dissent note," Dev Gurung, lawmaker from UCPN-M and former Minister for Law and Justice, said, when addressing the House.

The Amendment of the Bill to extend CA term was made possible after the three big parties -- the ruling communist party, Communist Party Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML), Nepali Congress (NC) and UCPN-M forged consensus after an-hour-long bilateral and multilateral meeting late Friday night.

The big three parties agreed to extend the CA by one year and passed agreements will be implemented and Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will resign within a few days to pave way for a national unity government. However, it is not clear that within how many days PM will resign.

"This opportunity will be utilized to conclude the peace process, complete new constitution drafting process and begin a new chapter of consensus politics," M.K. Nepal told reporters right after the House meeting concluded.

Source: Xinhua


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