Main three parties close to consensus on constitution amendment

Published On: November 17, 2016 02:06 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 17: The main three political parties have reached closer to agreement on amending some provisions of the constitution. 

In the talks held among the top leaders of the Nepali Congress, the CPN (UML) and the CPN (Maoist Center) at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar this morning, positive discussions were held on the issue of constitution amendment and they agreed to register a proposal on this in the Legislature-Parliament at the earliest. 

The top leaders of all three parties have reached to the conclusion that they should move ahead together forging consensus to take the constitution towards implementation like during the time of writing the constitution, CPN (Maoist Center) leader Barshaman Pun said. 

The highest leadership of three major political parties have realized the necessity of amending the constitution to find a smooth way for its enforcement and the today's meeting that focused on the amendment issues ended into a positive note, Pun added. 

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal briefed the meeting about the issues in the constitution that need to be amended. The meeting discussed the issues pertaining to the fresh demarcation of provinces, citizenship and the representation of provinces in the National Assembly. 

It is noted that the Federal Alliance, a coalition of 28 regional parties and the United Democratic Madhesi Front comprising three Madhes-based major political parties have been demanding the amendment of the country's main law, expressing dissatisfaction over some of its provisions before the promulgation of the constitution. 

Earlier, the government promised that it would table the amendment proposal to the House within mid-November. 

Prime Minister Dahal, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba, UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi including Pun were present at the meeting. RSS 

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