Progressive cop-out leads to constitution agreement between big 3

What a fantastic piece of politicking. Nepali politicians once again prove that they can agree anything in order to extend their grip on power. Will this be the first constitution in the world with no description of the executive and no description of the federal structure?

Big three agree to issue constitution within May 27; disputed issues to be settled by CA-turned-parliament

Three major parties – UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) – have agreed to promulgate the constitution within May 27 while leaving disputed issues to the “transformed legislature parliament” to resolve.

As per the understanding reached in the meeting of top leaders of the three parties held at Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Lazimpat residence Friday morning, the draft of the constitution will be issued by the Constituent Assembly within its deadline and that the parties will agree on the names and the number of the provinces before that.

The CA will turn into legislature parliament after the promulgation of the draft of the constitution.

The three-party understanding comes a day after the Supreme Court stayed the government’s decision to extend the CA’s term by three months. The major parties including the Madhesi Front are set to continue talks throughout the day.

The leaders of the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhesi Front had met prior to the three-party meeting today. They agreed that the Prime Minister would not resign before the constitution is promulgated.

Sadbhawana Party chairman and Health Minister Rajendra Mahato told Nepalnews that the Front would not accept any agreement that does not address the issue of federalism. “The principles, names and the boundaries of the provinces must be laid out in the constitution,” he said.


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