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Prime Minister Koirala rejects ethnic federalism

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday flatly rejected the ethnicity-based federalism in a speech which could irk country’s various ethnic communities.

In a strongly-worded public speech on federalism, a contentious issue of new constitution, the PM said that ethnic ideology has created troubles in many countries and the same mistake should not be repeated in the Nepal.

Addressing a public program on Friday afternoon, the country’s chief executive said government cannot go for ethnic federalism, which is a major demand of UCPN (Maoist) and other ethnic groups, while Nepali Congress and CPN-UML were against it.

The dispute among the parties led to the dissolution of Constituent Assembly in 2012 without delivering a new constitution. This is going to be one of the contentious issues for the drafting of a new constitution. PM Koirala said that promulgation of the new constitution is possible within a year.

Koirala’s party Nepali Congress, which emerged as a largest party from last year’s Constituent Assembly election, is in favor of multiple identity-based federal structure of the country. The ethnic issue and federal structure are the key issue of federalism in Nepal.

Published Date: Friday, April 11th, 2014 | 07:46 PM

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