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Nepal's CA term extended for fourth and final term

Shirish B Pradhan, PTI

Kathmandu, Nov 29 - Ending a political deadlock, Nepalese lawmakers today 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. PTI

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