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Parties, at long last, pull off a scoop in the long time coming

N24 KATHMANDU: Political parties today pulled off a scoop by coming to consensus on the integration of 6,500 Maoists combatants into the army.

This effectively paves the way for concluding the stalled peace process and drafting a new statute by the May 27 deadline.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai made an announcement to this effect after a meeting of the Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of the Maoist rebels.

He meanwhile hailed the court verdict that the term of the constituent assembly cannot be extended beyond May 28, saying “it has cemented the possibility of the timely constitution.”

“The verdict is a ground for early new constitution. Now using this platform will be able to promulgate the new statute in time,” Bhattarai said. “This has also helped end the uncertainly about the new statute.”
The special committee decided to recommend Maoist fighters to be integrated with the national army by mid April.

“The army integration will be completed within mid-April and the new constitution will be ready within May 27,” Anil Jha, Minister of Industry, said.
“There is no other option before the political parties than to complete the task of drafting the pro-people constitution within May 27,” said Jha, also the president of Sadbhawana Party-Federal.

Sushil Koirala said that the decisions with regard to the new statute should be implemented on time.

Prachanda, however, said the new constitution will be promulgated by resolving all the disputed issues before the deadline expires.

Published Date: Saturday, March 31st, 2012 | 05:54 PM

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