Nepal’s political parties fail to make headway

Nepal’s political parties fail to make headway

Jan. 12, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -13 December. 26- 2014 (Poush 11, 2071)

The issues of state-restructuring‚ forms of governance‚ and electoral system above all continued to divide the parties.

As the major political parties failed to make any headway against their differences over key issues of the new constitution, the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, led by Baburam Bhattarai, this evening decided to prepare a brief report in that line and submit it to the CA.

The CA had returned the CPDCC's report to the CPDCC, telling it to explore if consensus could be forged by today such that the January 22 deadline for promulgation of statute could be met. The CA is scheduled to resume its meeting at 11 am tomorrow.

After the CPDCC meeting this evening, Bhattarai said the parties could not forge a "package deal" though they were very close to agreement this time. The parties, however, had almost resolved their differences over judiciary, according to Bhattarai.

The issues of state-restructuring, forms of governance, and electoral system above all continued to divide the parties.

He expressed his belief that the CA would take "wise decision" on its own for the future course of action.

Emerging from the meeting, NC senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said he had proposed to translate the Interim Constitution to new constitution in order to meet the January 22 deadline, with an understanding to resolve the issues of federalism in the coming three years.

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