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Parties agree to take short cut for promulgating constitution

KATHMANDU:  Major political parties have agreed in principle at an all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today to amend the constitution for cutting short the existing calendar of operation for issuing the constitution.

In the meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Singha Durbar, the parties agreed to amend Article 70 of the constitution after coming to the conclusion that it would not be possible to issue the new constitution within May 27 going by the existing process.

The Constituent Assembly (CA)’s Business Advisory Committee shall decide on the duration to be allocated forwriting and endorsing the constitution.

Following the meeting, President of the CPN (UML) Jhalanath Khanal said the meeting decided to amend the Article 70 of the Interim Constitution to shorten the time required for writing the constitution and concluding the peace process. The Article 70 of the Interim Constitution has provisions related to the requirement of two-thirds majority for making amendments to the constitution, among other procedures.

Nepali Congress leader Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat said the parties have agreed in principle on issuing the constitution by shortening the process as it would not be possible to promulgate the new constitution by May 27 if the existing process was to be followed. RSS

Published Date: Monday, April 9th, 2012 | 12:07 AM

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