Nepal leaders want to extend CA term again

Nepali Congress party candidate Nilambar Acharya looks on after he was elected the Chairman of Constitutional Committee under the Constituent Assembly, in Katmandu, Nepal, Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Acharya was elected to the post defeating Maoist candidate Narayan Kaji Shrestha. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

Yubaraj Ghimire, KATHMANDU: Going back on their assurances, several leaders in Nepal have sought another extension in the Parliament’s term beyond May 28.

Maoist leader Giriraj Mani Pokhrel said Sunday that writing the constitution in the remaining less than 30 days of the Constituent Assembly (CA) was not possible so its term must be extended by at least another six months. His comments came at almost at the same time as the leader of his party, Prachanda, claimed that all issues would be sorted out in the next three days to ensure the constitution is written within the deadline.

Chairman of Constitutional Committee Nilambar Acharya had said on Saturday that writing a draft, having it debated and improved and sent to the Constituent Assembly “will not be possible within the time at hand”.

The Supreme Court has ruled the Constituent Assembly, which has extended its term time and again, would stand dissolved whether it drafts the constitution by May 28 or not.

The four major parties that have monopolised the constitution-writing process have failed to agree on the model of governance, federalism and electoral model so far. They are also divided on the number and the basis of formation of provinces.(Indian Express)

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