Maoists walk out of three-party meet

Maoists walk out of three-party meet

A three-party meeting – held at the Prime Minister's office residence Baluwatar – supposed to finalise nomination of 26 Constituent Assembly (CA) members today ended inconclusively due to dispute over a formation of high-level political mechanism. UCPN-Maoist leaders walked out of the meeting that was also supposed to resolve various issues related to Constitution-writing as the ruling coalition rejected their demand to form a high level political mechanism, according to the four-point agreement. Nepali Congress and CPN-UML rejected the formation of high-level political mechanism, said the UCPN-Maoist reminding the ruling coalition of implementation of four-point agreement reached between four major political forces – Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and Unified Democratic Madheshi Front – last December. The UCPN-Maoist also blamed both the parties of trying to derail the constitution writing process by backtracking the earlier agreement. The opposition leaders also blamed that the ruling coalition is trying to bulldoze and want to draft status-quoist constitution as they have two-third majority in the second CA. However, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML refused to form any mechanism outside the CA claiming that such mechanism overshadows the CA. The UCPN-Maoist – during the meeting – had also proposed the party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the head of the political mechanism to help constitution-writing process. The dispute among the parties is expected to delay nomination of 26 vacant CA seats, formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, filling the vacant positions in the constitutional bodies and appointment of ambassadors in many countries.
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