“United we stand”
Nepal’s newly-elected Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal has assured his nation that lawmakers will be able to meet a May-end deadline to draft a new constitution and conclude the landmark 2006 peace process in the country.
“There is no problem for peace and constitution drafting if the major political parties keep the country and its people as the focal point,” said Khanal.
The 601-member Constitution Assembly, which functions as the country’s parliament, last year set May 28 as the deadline to promulgate the new constitution following an agreement between the political parties.
Speaking to the media last month, the Premier said it is possible to accomplish the task within the stipulated time frame as the political parties have already finalized some of the contentious issues while others are under discussion.
Khanal, who was elected Prime Minister in February this year after 17 attempts, asked the political parties to come together to end the transition period. Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Subash Chandra Nembang has also underlined the need for political unity for an early conclusion of the peace process.
Political parties in the country are deadlocked over some of the key issues, including the fate of the former Maoist combatants, amid demands by the exrebels for their en masse integration with the security forces of Nepal.