Nepal's Assembly Votes 'Overwhelmingly' In Favour Of New Constitution

| September 17 , 2015 , 09:17 IST
Nepal's Constituent Assembly overwhelmingly approved a new national constitution on Wednesday that had been delayed for years because of differences between the main political parties. [caption id="attachment_126568" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Nepal assembly votes for new constitution Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, right, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), also known as CPN-UML leader K.P. Oli, center, and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, left, shake hands after the final constitution process at Constitution Assembly hall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal's Constituent Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that has been delayed for years because of differences between political parties. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)[/caption] Speaker Subash Nemwang announced the charter was passed by a 507-25 vote in the 601-seat assembly. The voting was boycotted by smaller opposition parties which make up 9 percent of the assembly. Assembly members burst into applause and raised their hands in celebration after the announcement was made. The constitution, which will be formally promulgated by President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday, was pushed through the assembly this week despite protests by ethnic minority groups. It will split Nepal into seven federal provinces. Some ethnic groups disagree with the makeup, borders and size of the provinces. There have been weeks of protests against the draft in southern Nepal, some of which have turned violent. More than 40 people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, and authorities imposed curfews in several southern towns. Members of the assembly had voted on portions of the draft constitution since Sunday, and the final vote on the full document was held late Wednesday. The constitution has been delayed by years of disagreements among the main political parties, and its approval is regarded as a major achievement for them. The three main parties finally reached agreement this year, enabling the process to move on. In celebration, the government declared public holidays on Sunday and Monday and urged the public to welcome the new constitution. Nepal has had an interim constitution since pro-democracy protests forced then-King Gyanendra to give up his authoritarian rule and turn the country into a republic. A Constituent Assembly elected in 2008 failed to draft a new charter, and another assembly was elected in 2013.

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Dirgha Raj Prasai

New Constitution declared whimsically in Nepal! Since 2006, we Nepalese people are suffering from the traitors' regime. These evil elements want to Christianize in Nepal. The Congress, UML and Maoist are working the agendas of EU and CIA and just 7th August 2015, they declared secular state imposing by whips in parliament. Similarly, they imposed republic removing the identified symbol of Nepal-the monarchy. Actually, the nation is above the constitutionalism. Constitution is the only legal means to run a sovereign nation with legitimacy. Since the unification of Nepal this nation has operated under legal norms. Nepal has always run under a constitution. But, India has been forcing Nepal since the Delhi agreement in 1950 for drafting a constitution through a Constituent Assembly (CA). The increasing nationalist forces in the nation and the inevitable fact that China would side with Nepal India was deterred. In 1958 the constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal was promulgated through a constitutional commission. The Indian concept of a CA that it had envisaged in 1950 was again raised for a new constitution, which in turn plunged Nepal into crisis. Now, The CA has passed the new constitution without solving the aspiration of Nepalese people. However, the main objective of Constituent Assembly was to reject the 96 % Hindu, Buddha and OMkar family declaring the secularism ending the existence of the only one world Hindu kingdom and to end the identified symbol of Nepal's sovereignty and unity-the monarchy. The parties who are guided from RAW, CIA and EU have failed to keep intact the Nepalese nationality, democratic norms and identity in that new constitution. The reality is that in the name of CA, the foreigners want to break Nepal imposing the secularism to Christianize in this pious Hindu and Buddha land. The Nepalese people never support the suicidal agendas of secularism and republic in Nepal. So, it is necessary, the constitutional monarchy and Hindu Kingdom must be in existence in Nepal. Thank you Dirgha Raj Prasai Former Member of Parliament-Nepal