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Federalism becomes non-amendable



KATHMANDU: The Dispute Resolution Sub-committee of the Constituent Assembly today made some changes in the reports prepared by the Constitutional Committee of the first CA.

CA member Laxman Lal Karna who heads the sub-panel said federalism has been incorporated as a non-amendable provision of the new constitution along with other provisions that were agreed upon as non-amendable by the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee the other day. The CPDCC had agreed to have democracy, republicanism, human rights, and press freedom as non-amendable provisions.

Karna said the new constitution will be called ‘The Constitution of Nepal’ and there will be no mention of the year. “We have seen constitutions of other countries. There is no mention of the year on the cover of the book so we have decided to call our constitution – The Constitution of Nepal,” he added.

Karna said the panel modified the provision of appointment of ambassadors. “We will mention in the constitution that ambassadors will be appointed on the basis of inclusion,” Karna said. He added that the panel would further discuss the number of constitutional commissions and their composition.

The CPDCC today debated the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court.

Congress to be flexible

Nepali Congress on Wednesday said it could be flexible on the number of federal units and some other issues of federalism. A meeting of top Congress leaders and members of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee from the party at the residence of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said that the party would go for the Westminster system in relation to forms of governance. “We will plead for parliament-elected executive Prime Minister who responsible to the parliament,” said Congress spokesperson Dilendra Badu. As UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal recently said that his party could be flexible on forms of governance, the Congress has decided to be flexible on federalism, said Badu. “Although, Congress had proposed six or seven pradeshes, it could be flexible on the number. However, we cannot accept single-ethnicity based federal units. The federal units must be based on common identity,” Badu said.

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