Cooperation, consensus bases for constitution writing: PM

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Cooperation, consensus bases for constitution writing: PM

Jan 23, 2015-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said the new constitution would be promulgated on the basis of mutual cooperation, dialogue and democratic procedure.

In his televised address to the nation on Friday evening, Koirala urged all the parties to make the constitution writing process a success through the Constituent Assembly.

“I want to urge all the political parties to come together for the promulgation of a democratic republic constitution with national unity and reconciliation,” Koirala said.

He said timely promulgation of the constitution is necessary to end the prolonged stalemate. The PM also expressed his dissatisfaction at the obstruction created by the opposition alliance in the CA when the ruling parties tried to initiate the voting process as the contentious issues of constitution writing could not be settled in consensus.

Without naming the names, Koirala blamed the opposition parties for the failure to promulgate the constitution within the set deadline. “I must say that we could not come up with the constitution as per our commitment due to the obstruction from some parties,” he said. Koirala, however, said that the ruling parties have not yet abandoned the politics of consensus and reconciliation among the parties who fought together for a change in the past.

“The current state of indecision should be ended without delay,” Koirala said, pledging rights to all the ethnic and marginalised communities in the new constitution.

Economic viability, national unity, sovereignty and cultural harmony should be the foundation of the new national charter, he said. Koirala also urged the neighbouring countries to play a supportive role in maintaining unity, peace and stability in Nepal.

Published: 24-01-2015 09:13

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