Friday, 24th October 2014

No consensus on who will certify the constitution


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Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have both refused to change their stance on who will certify the new constitution. NC continues to argue that the new constitution should be certified by the President while UML says that Constituent Assembly chairman should be the one.

Discussions between the two parties on Sunday failed to make an agreement on the issue. The party leaders met at the UML's parliamentary office, Singha Durbar.

Following the meeting, UML Vice-Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Bam Dev Gautam informed that they discussed on whether they could forge agreement on the CA regulation but failed to find a common ground. It was because the NC was adamant on certification of the new constitution by the President, he added.

NC Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel said they would meet on Monday for further discussion.

Other contentious issues that have emerged while drafting the CA regulations are whether to establish a whip in the CA and to make a caucus.

The CA regulation draft committee has until 11 March to draft the regulation.  

Sunday’s meeting was attended by Vice-President Poudel, central member and Minister for Law Narahari Acharya and central members Ananda Dhungana, Ramesh Lekhak and Jivan Pariyar from the Nepali Congress while senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, and leaders Bishnu Poudel, Bhim Rawal and Agni Kharel were present from the UML.


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