Monday, December 18, 2006

Interim statute historic document : experts

The Interim Constitution of Nepal should be taken as document of historical importance as it has tried to institutionalise inclusive democracy by ending monarchy, to establish right to education, health and employment as fundamental rights and to open road for election to constitutional assembly, legal experts, politicians and intellectuals have said. In a face-to-face programme, organised by Reporters' Club Nepal, here on sunday, they said though there are some weak points in interim constitution, it has come as a political document and it should be promulgated at the earliest.
Convenor of interim constitution drafting committee Laxman Prasad Aryal said the constitution, in true meaning, has made Nepali people sovereign and has handed over the king's power to reign to the Prime Minister. He stressed that the constitution has created an environment where a citizen can be the head of state.
Member of Parliament Radheshyam Adhikari said the provisions to make single person the head of state and Prime Minister, to present annual report of Supreme Court in parliament through Prime Minister and to avoid existence of opposition party are the weak points of the constitution.
Central Member of Nepali Congress Dr. Shekhar Koirala said as the constitution has made the provision that Prime Minister can use the power of head of state he should shun partisan interest and be focused on national interest and constituent assembly.

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