Oppn meet today to decide on CA

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 22, 2015-

A meeting of the 30-party opposition alliance will sit on Thursday morning to decide whether to attend the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting later in the day.

The opposition parties have said that they will attend the CA meeting only if the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML agree to continue the negotiation on the disputed issues of constitution writing.

Some opposition leaders, however, said on Wednesday that though they do no see the parties reaching an agreement in the immediate future, the opposition lawmakers could attend the CA meeting if the ruling coalition expresses commitment to prepare a new constitution based on consensus.

“If the ruling parties are ready to push the drafting process as well as discussions on contentious issues, we will join the CA meeting,” said Maoist Spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma. He, however, said that they would not join the CA meeting if the ruling parties start the voting process on the contentious issues of constitution writing.

Sharma added that his party was in favour of continuing the CA process and they expect the same from the ruling parties. Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal and Federal Socialist Party Nepal have, however, announced not to join the CA meeting until there is an agreement on disputed issues.

On Sunday, the ruling NC and UML had agreed to prepare the draft of constitution by incorporating the agreed issues and continue discussions on the disputed ones.

Meanwhile, the cross-party negotiations have been hampered as Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is outside the country for a week.

Opposition leaders have said there cannot be any productive talks in PM Koirala’s absence.

CA chair could grant another extension

KATHMANDU: Chairman of Constituent Assembly (CA) Subas Nembang is likely to grant yet another deadline extension to the parties. Sources said after meeting the leaders of major parties involved in the cross-party negotiations, Nembang has considered offering a few days more to the parties to reach an agreement. In their meeting with Nembang, leaders had informed him that the negotiations were underway at various levels to produce a final agreement on judiciary, electoral system and forms of government. If these issues are resolved, the parties plan to go ahead with the constitution drafting process while giving continuity to the negotiation on the issue of federalism. Sources also said that the CA chair could postpone Thursday’s CA meeting after endorsing some minor agendas. Earlier, Nembang was planning to fix the date of voting process in Thursday’s meeting. Meanwhile, Nembang said that he would not hesitate to extend the deadline if parties assure him that there will be consensus on the disputed issues. (PR)

Published: 23-04-2015 08:46

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