30-party alliance unveils common proposal on federalism

Monday 05 January, 2015   |   Political affairs

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INDIGENOUSVOICE REPORT

KATHMANDU, JAN. 5

UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party alliance on Monday proposed a common proposal on the disputed issues of a new constitution saying that it was prepared on the basis of past agreements, the 12-point agreement, aspirations of people´s revolution and different people´s movements.
The proposal was focused on the most disputed issues of the constitution like form of governance, restructuring the states, electoral system and judiciary.

The alliance presented the proposal with a 10 federal-provinces modality naming Limbuwan, Kirat/Khambuwan, Sherpa, Tamsaling, Newa, Tamuwan, Magrart Tharuhat/Tharuwan, Karnali/Khasan and Madhes.

The alliance has stated that the special areas could be formed considering the historical settlement, dense population, ethnic identity, Muslim, dalit, marginal group, endangered group among others in the provinces.

Similarly, the alliance has proposed directly elected president and parliament-elected Prime Minister as a mixed form of governance.

The meeting also decided for proportional inclusive judiciary system for free, fair and easy justice and provision of court including Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, High-Court and Local Court as per the report submitted by the Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee formed under the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee for its management.

Likewise, it made conclusion for the arrangement of formation of Federal Judiciary Commission or Provisional Judiciary Commission for the appointment of judges, their transform and action.

The Alliance proposed to adopt mixed proportional election system for the guarantee of representation of all communities including women, Dalit, indigenous, among others.

A press release issued today by the Alliance Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal stated that the meeting proposed for bicameral federal legislature including 235-member House of Representatives and 65-member Upper House.

Similarly, the Alliance forged consensus on a unicameral federal assembly comprising 25-51 members.

Leaders associated to the Alliance said that they have brought the common concept with an objective of exerting pressure for the promulgation of new constitution through consensus. The Alliance comprises 19 political parties, representing in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and 11, out of CA.

Political parties are now busy in holding bilateral and multilateral meetings after the Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman, Subas Nembang, four days ago made the appeal to the political parties for authorizing him to prepare the draft of a new constitution and the deadline given by Nembang to major political parties to forge consensus on the disputed issues of the new constitution is terminating today.


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