KATHMANDU, May 15: A meeting of four big parties–UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF)–has finally settled all the disputed issues in the constitution drafting process.
A meeting which began at around 9 on Tuesday morning has finally agreed to opt for 11-province model.
However, the names of the provinces will be chosen by the respective provincial assemblies. Similarly, a federal commission will finalize the territories of the provinces.
Parties likely to seal deal today
Speaking with reporters, senior UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said that meeting agreed on a mixed model of state of governance with directly elected president and a parliament-elected prime minister, and with the supremacy of parliament.
NC leader Ram Chandra Paudel informed that the president will not enjoy the right to dissolve parliament.
As per the agreement among the parties, the federal parliament will be of 371 members with 171-members directly elected and 140-members through first-past-the post-election, Paudel informed. Similarly, the upper house comprises of 60 members.
Meanwhile, a meeting of dispute resolution committee under Constitutional Committee scheduled for later today will decide division of power among the president and the prime minister.
UDMF expresses reservation
Though UDMF attended the meeting, it has expressed reservation over the recent agreement. However, UDMF member and Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar made it clear that UDMF will not obstruct constitution drafting process.
UML to join government
In yet fresh development, CPN-UML has decided to join Baburam Bhattarai-led ´national consensus government´. Ishwor Pokharel and Radha Gyawali will represent UML in the cabinet.
CA meeting postponed
A meeting of Constituent Assembly (CA) has been postponed by pasting a notice. The next meeting has been slated for 3 pm, Wednesday.MADHAV DHUNGEL republica