KATHMANDU: Referring to the May 27 deadline to promulgate new constitution from the elected Constituent Assembly, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Nepal’s political parties and other actors “to make urgent efforts to preserve the constitution-making process and the gains they have made thus far.”
“The Secretary-General is concerned about the prospect of the term of the Constituent Assembly expiring without the adoption of a constitution that meets the expectations and aspirations of the people of Nepal,” the UNSG’s spokesperson said in a statement.
The UN leader appealed to the parties to remain within the framework of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed by the government and the then rebel Maoist party in 2006 in order to bring the latter to the mainstream politics, and the Constituent Assembly.
Ban further appealed to all for calm and restraint.
Originally elected for two years in 2008, the Constituent Assembly repeatedly got its term extended. The existing term is expiring on Sunday, May 27.
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the purported extension of CA term, citing the proposal to extend the CA for three more months was against the verdict the apex court made on November 25, 2012, which categorically ruled that the CA term could not be prolonged beyond May 27.
In its verdict, the apex court had suggested three options — referendum, fresh elections to elect a new body to make new constitution or any other suitable alternative — if the Constituent Assembly failed to promulgate the constitution by May 27.