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Nepal political parties fail to draft constitution before deadline

Nepal political parties fail to draft constitution before deadline
Nepal’s political parties have failed to draft a new constitution before the January 22 deadline they set a year ago, Xinhua reported on Friday.

Despite repeated attempts, the ruling Nepali Congress and its alliance partner CPN-UML as also the main opposition Unified CPN (Maoist) and a bagful of Madhesh-based parties failed to reach a consensus on issues ranging from federalism, form of government, judiciary and electoral system, which made the constitution elusive.

Ruling and opposition parties have blamed each other for the failure to frame a new constitution.

Ahead of the deadline, relations between the parties in Nepal soured after the opposition went on a rampage at the Constituent Assembly Tuesday, when assembly chairman Subas Nembang asked the Nepali Congress chief whip Chinkaji Shrestha to form a panel to initiate a voting process for the settlement of the contentious issues. A dozen security personnel were injured during the chaos.

Nembang warned that if the parties continued to obstruct the parliament, the chances of a new constitution would be over. He said there were no alternatives to settling the contentious issues through voting, in the absence of a consensus.

Senior leader of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, confirmed that the parties have failed to reach a consensus with the opposition over the new constitution.
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