Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Nepal parties mull compromise

Press Trust of India
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 (Kathmandu)

Seeking to end the current political crises, Nepal's eight main parties are planning to bring in a resolution in the interim Parliament expressing their ''joint commitment'' to make Nepal a Republican country to pacify the Maoists, government sources said on Tuesday.
Maoists pulled out of the ruling coalition last week insisting that the Himalayan nation be declared a republic before the November 22 Constituent Assembly polls.
Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula on Tuesday agreed to find an early solution to the current political impasse through a meeting of the top leaders of the eight parties following a meeting at Prachanda's residence.
Cabinet sources said that a mid-way will be sought to accommodate the demands of Maoists.
The eight major parties are planning to call a special session of interim Parliament where they would adopt a resolution pledging their ''joint commitment'' to declare Nepal a Republic, the sources said.
However, the final decision on the country's political future will be taken up by the Constituent Assembly at its first meeting, the sources said.
Prachanda on Monday indicated that some ''new consensus'' was possible on declaring Nepal Republic state and proportionate voting system, the two major issues that led to the resignation of four Maoist leaders, after which they could rejoin the government.
''It is possible that some sort of understanding will be reached within a few days,'' Prachanda told reporters at a party function.
Maoists want a fully proportional representation system of election.

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