Special session of Nepal’s interim Parliament begins

November 14th, 2007 - 2:05 am ICT by admin  
The special session that began in the parliament building in Singha Durbar will also discuss on the motion introduced by the Maoists for the Constituent Assembly elections based on proportional representation, besides declaring Nepal a republic through the Interim parliament.

The session was called on the appeal filed by the Maoists and other fringe communist parties.

At the inaugural session, Maoist parliamentary party chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara emphasised on the importance of monarchy’s abolition, saying the abolition was necessary for free and fair polls.

Mahara said that his party intends to strengthen the seven-party unity necessary to lead the country to stability, development and prosperity.

He stressed on the need for a government initiative for the People’s Liberation Army and the Nepal Army merger.

Today’s parliament session would comprise explanation from the Maoists on their appeal and statements from the other parties.

Earlier today, CPN (UML) General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal said that the political crisis is unlikely to be resolved since the Nepali Congress (NC), the largest party in the parliament, has decided to vote against the Maoists’ proposal in the parliament.

Due to the lack of NC support, the Maoists will fall short of mandatory two-third majority.

Meanwhile, to pressurise the political parties to declare republic through the interim parliament and amend the Constitution for fully proportional polls, Maoist cadres took out mass rally in Kathmandu and other parts of the country.

The rally that began from Maitighar went through various parts of the city and ended at Ratna Park. (ANI)

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