Oppn parties to play ‘constructive’ role in drafting election laws

Published On: August 24, 2016 01:10 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 24: A meeting of the opposition parties in the parliament on Tuesday decided that they would play a constructive role in drafting the necessary laws for holding elections and implementing the constitution.

 During the meeting, the leader of the main opposition, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, nonetheless expressed his doubts over government's intention to hold the election in time.

"We will remain watchful and if we find the government serious toward constitution execution, we will play a constructive role for drafting the new laws and holding elections at the local level, provincial assembly and the House of Representatives," said CP Mainali, the general secretary of CPN-ML.

The seven opposition parties, including CPN-UML, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N), CPN-ML, Nepal Workers and Peasant Party and Rastriya Janamorcha, concluded that the government has been dilly dallying in executing the landmark agreements with China.

"The previous government was working to preserve national interests but it was toppled in a number game in the parliament. Though the new government has said that it will execute all landmark agreements and treaties with China, it has been delaying the execution in a planned way. Thus, we, the opposition parties, have decided to remain watchful," said Mainali.

During the meeting, the opposition parties also discussed the agreements between the ruling coalition and the agitating Madhes-based parties over constitution amendments as per the latter's demands. "We are not against constitution amendments on principle, but we are against any attempts that affect our country's integrity and sovereignty in the long run," said Mainali.

Former Prime Minister Oli had summoned the meeting to reach a common understanding between opposition parties on national issues like constitution amendment, restructuring of local level and the development works initiated by the government led by him.

The parties that had supported Oli's government until the last moment had attended the meeting.

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