President removes constitutional hurdle, CA to be 601-member
President Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday issued a decree to remove constitutional hurdles and make the Constituent Assembly 601-member as recommended by a meeting of Council of Ministers today.
In the order released as per Article 158 of the constitution, the President said it follows the necessity of ensuring the upcoming Constituent Assembly polls on November 19 this year.
"The order has been issued following suggestions and demands from various sectors and as per the political agreement recently signed by the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) with the Federal Socialist Party," said President Yadav.
Earlier today, the Council of Ministers approved a proposal of the HLPC to increase the capacity of CA to 601 from the previously approved 491. With this, the second CA will retain the 601-member capacity of the first CA that was elected in 2008.
In a bid to ascertain participation of a higher number of political parties in the polls, the HLPC recently signed an agreement with Upendra Yadav led Madhesi Janadhikar Forum. Both the parties agreed that the House will be 585-member.
However, as the HLPC sat for talks with Federal Socialist Party chaired by Ashok Rai, it was agreed upon that the House will be finally 601-member.
"The CA will retain its 601-member capacity as per Article 63 of the constitution, as clauses 10 and 11 of the 25-point previous presidential order have been revoked now," said the president in today's decree.
The decree to remove constitutional hurdle was in the waiting, as the four major parties were engaged in talks with the CPN-Maoist in an attempt to bring them on board the election process.
The formal talks with the CPN-Maoist virtually ended on Monday and the presidential decree became essential so as to take ahead the election process with or without the remaining disgruntled groups, it was learnt. Nepalnews.com