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Bigwigs to seek 2 weeks more for resolving contentions

KATHMANDU: Senior leaders of the three major political parties– UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML)– have agreed on seeking two weeks extra time-frame from the Constituent Assembly for resolving contentious issues surfaced in writing the new constitution.

The proposal was tabled during the Constitutional Comittee on Tuesday morning at Singhadurbar. Along with that the meeting also discussed over the remaining issues and concluded to further discussions on it after the Special Committee, slated for afternoon today.

Coordinator of the Dispute Resolution Sub Committee under the CC, Puspa Kamal Dahal apprised the the members about the latest developments made towards resolving the contentions.

He informed that the parties were yet to forge consensus in some fundamental issues despite leaders’ relentless efforts. “It is consuming a long time as the parties have responsibilities to finalise the crucial issues in relation to peace process and constitution writing.”

At the meeting, Chairman of the CC, Nilambar Acharya drew attention of top leaders, saying that the Business Advisory Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has given deadline till today to end the dispute in all issues as per the Constituent Assembly decision.

After failing to resolve the issues in the CC, the CC had given responsibility to the top guns of three major political parties to find a common ground on the contentious issues. However, they are still divided on some crucial issues including forms of governance, judicial system, electoral system, citizenship issues to be incorporated in the new constitution among others.

Published Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 | 07:00 AM

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