by Sweta Baniya
KATHMANDU, May 4 (Xinhua) — After much hurdles and ups and downs in the politics, the major political parties of Nepal on Thursday midnight have inked a deal so as to pave the way for the much awaited constitution drafting.
In the latest development, all the cabinet ministers who were led by the incumbent Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai have submitted their resignation thus to form a consensual government including the opposition parties under the incumbent PM Bhattarai’ s leadership.
The jumbo cabinet of 50 ministers was from United Communist Party of Nepal Maoists (UCPN-M) and United Democratic Madhesi Forum.
After series of deliberations held between government and the opposition parties for over weeks, the leaders have forged consensus to form a national coalition government which upholds the responsibility of drafting new constitution within next 24 days.
Accordingly, the new cabinet would be formed just after two days and all the issues will be sorted out in the next two days.
[…]Deal is such that after the promulgation of the new constitution, the incumbent PM Bhattarai would resign and pass the leadership to Nepali Congress to hold general election in the nation in one year.
The resignation and the deal among the major parties have provided optimism for all Nepalese that they would get a new constitution by the end of May. The deadline to draft the new constitution is May 27.
Nepal has been facing a lot of political challenges after the Constituent Assembly was formed in 2008.
This is the fourth government since 2008 and all three previous governments have failed to complete the major tasks of constitution drafting and peace process.
On August 28, 2011, Nepal elected its 35th Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai after a lot of obstacles in the Nepali parliament and misunderstandings between the leaders of the major parties.
The Bhattarai led-government had been of many expectations for the completion of the twin tasks of the nation — constitution drafting and the peace process which has shown optimism with the recent political developments.
Moreover, the peace process has turned to be positive with the evacuation of the former UCPN-Maoist combatans [sic] from the cantonments and the integration process ensued.
Earlier, the deal was just 6,500 Maoist combatants would be allowed to get integrated in the Nepal Army.
However, the situation has become ironic [sic] as the number of those opting for integration has declined to 3,129 which is more than half of the selected criteria. [I do not understand this sentence as it is written – Zuo Shou]
The Constituent Assembly (CA) which was formed with the notion of drafting the new constitution has not been able to present the first draft of the future constitution.
The CA term which had tenure of two years has been extended till fourth year has been striving hard to prepare the constitution.
The Supreme Court has given the verdict that there would be no any further extension of the Constituent Assembly.
Now, the Nepali lawmakers and leaders have a strict deadline of 24 more days for timely conclusion of the historical twin tasks of the nation.
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