Nepal Today

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Differences delay announcement of a republic

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 28 May: Differences between seven parties have delayed the declaration of a republic by CA at 11 in the morning.
Guests and assembly members started moving out of the Birendra International Convention Center where the CA has been called.
A meeting of the CA was postponed for four hours until three in the afternoon, assembly members said.
Three parties agreed Tuesday only to declare a republic.
There was no agreement on the role and powers of a president between Congress, CPN-UML and Maoists for a ceremonial president after announcing a republic.
Differences have also crept in the CPN (Maoist)
Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran , the number two Maoist leader, didn’t take his oath of office Tuesday apparently because Dr Baburam Bhattarai was appointed deputy party leader in CA after Prachanda.‘
Baidya is the number two man in the Maoist shadow cabinet.
Parties have brought out demonstrations in support of a republic.
There’s heavy security presence at main points, including Narayanhiti Royal Palace.
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