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Stalled constitution drafting could resume any time now

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Even as the political parties are expected to reach a deal on restarting integration of Maoist combatants leaders have demonstrated optimism that the stalled constitution-making process will gain momentum.


The constituent assembly is convening on Sunday to start deliberations on the report of the State Restructuring Commission. Similarly the prime minister-led Special Committee is convening on Tuesday to introduce an action plan, including a time-bound calendar for army integration.


The constitution-making process can be expected to make headway after the combatants are integrated into the army. Similarly the deadlock on drafting of the constitution can be expected to persist until the special committee finishs off the integration once integration action plan is approved.


Meanwhile Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and Prachanda committed that the integration process would move ahead uninterrupted. However while the Maoist hardliners are set to walk out, the establishment faction has called a Central Committee meeting on Monday. The meeting will set the ball rolling.


It must be said that the parties have almost agreed on judicial model and committed for a mixed electoral system, bicameral legislature and three tiers of governance structure under the new constitution. However forms of governance and nature of federalism remain to be agreed upon.


Meanwhile inter party discussion on political system stands stalled following dispute over a report of a panel. It must be recalled that Laxman Lal Karna-led panel had suggested that a compromise be reached by sharing executive powers between a directly elected president and parliament elected prime minister.


Congress has been rooting for an improved parliamentary system with prime minister elected from the House and president elected from an electoral college.

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