Parties in edge to consensus
Though, leaders from the major three political parties have been indulging on discussion with intent to forge consensus on contentious issues related the peace and constitution writing process, the second straight day meeting held on Monday turned elusive to make any tangible result over the issue.
About 30 hours long efforts at Hattiban Resort was intended to find common ground on a number of contentious issues including forms of governance, electoral system and federal structure of the country. But, respective stand of the parties, particularly the UCPN Maoistís rigid stand played key role for not to make any concrete decision.
Leaders have agreed for another meeting after two days. Some leaders have a claim that this also the achievement of the meeting as they have reached on near to the consensus. Political parties have agreed on the principle of give and take on their respective stand.
Conesus between the political parties is not far, Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula said agreement on all outstanding issues could be had within the next four to five days. CPN UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal has also termed the meeting positive. Meeting between the leaders is heading on positive direction Khanal said.
Political parties have agreed to divide the country in six to eight federal states. The UCPN Maoist, which has been advocating for more than dozen states, has finally agreed on six to eight states but parties have still been dividing on the issue of demarcation of boundaries and the basis of federalism.
It is said that the Nepali Congress and the CPN UML have been sticking on their stand of federal structure on the basis of economical capabilities and population while Maoists and the Madhes-based parties have been demanding for identity based federal structure.
On the issue of governance system, political parties have in principle agreed on a mixed model. The Maoists had been advocating for the system of directly elected executive president while Congress and other democratic parties have a demand of parliamentary system. The UML has separate demand for directly elected Prime Minister.
On the issue of judiciary, political parties have agreed to form a separate constitutional court for the certain period. The Maoists and Madhes based parties had been advocating for forming a constitutional court to settle the issues rose related to the federal structure while Nepali Congress and the UML have a demand of forming a constitutional bench in the Supreme Court.
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Likewise, Parties have agreed to adopt a mixed model electoral system. However, political parties have still been differing on the issue number of representative.