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Forge consensus for constitution: Nepal PM to Prachanda

Forge consensus for constitution: Nepal PM to Prachanda
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday appealed to UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda to cooperate in forging consensus among the warring political parties over the drafting of a new constitution.

Koirala, who met Prachanda at his residence, said he told the Maoist leader “to cooperate with the government in promulgating a democratic constitution.”

He called on Prachanda to forge consensus “so as to institutionalise the achievements of the past democratic movements as people want lasting peace and stability in the country.”

The government is ready to hold talks with the opposition to reach a consensus among all parties, Koirala said while inaugurating a hospital in Kathmandu.

“If we can manage the arms through dialogue and negotiations (to end the civil war), why can not we promulgate the new constitution in the same manner,” Koirala asked.

He stressed that a new constitution will not only fulfil the 60-year-old dream of the people but it will also pave the way for economic prosperity and development of Nepal by utilising the vast natural resources at our disposal.

The ruling and opposition alliances are sharply divided on issues to be included in new constitution including federal structure and forms of governance. Opposition also demand ethnic identity-based federal structure.


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