Kathmandu: Ending a political deadlock, Nepalese lawmakers on Tuesday gave the fourth and final six-month extension to the Constituent Assembly for drafting the country's new constitution under a peace agreement reached among the major political parties.
Under the final extension in tenure, the 601-member assembly now would have to come up with the new draft, according to Nepali Congress leader Gopal Man Shrestha. With the endorsement of the fourth round of CA extension, the political deadlock has ended for the time being.
The previous extension of the assembly is due to expire on Wednesday and the country's Supreme Court has ruled that assembly will get no further lease of life.
The Constituent Assembly formed in May, 2008 for the term of two years had been extended three times after political parties failed to conclude the peace process and write the constitution within the stipulated time frame.
The meeting of four major political forces including UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Joint Democratic Madhesi Front Tuesday morning reached a six point deal to extend the CA for another six months, according to Shrestha.
They have also agreed to conclude the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants and returning the property seized by the Maoists during the conflict to their rightful owners by December 15.
The political parties have also agreed to expedite the constitution drafting process and form a national consensus government after concluding the peace process at the earliest. "Out of a total of 508 lawmakers present during the voting, 505 voted for the extension of the parliament," Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang said and announced that the term of constituent assembly has been extended for six months.
The Supreme Court has in a major ruling last week announced that the Constituent Assembly term can only be extended one last time for six month ruling out the possibility of extending the term repeatedly.
The major political parties had few weeks ago reached a breakthrough pact to integrate 6,500 Peoples Liberation Army personnel of the Maoists as part of the peace deal.