Wednesday, March 07, 2007

House fails to pass bill to amend statute

The Legislature-Parliament today could not pass the first amendment bill of the Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007 and adjourned the House discussion on the matter until March 9.Though the House was scheduled to pass the bill on tuesday, it could not do so as the discussion on the matter could not be completed. Speaker Subas Nembang said the House session on March 9 will pass the bill.Home Minister KP Sitaula on behalf of Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Narendra Bikram Nembang had tabled the proposal in today’s session.“The environment to pass the bill on March 9 has already been created,” Nembang said, adding he held a meeting with the leadership of the eight parties and discussed the matter with them. Nembang also dismissed reporters’ speculation that the House session was adjourned today as the House could not meet the required quorum to pass the constitution amendment bill. “The House was adjourned as the discussion was not completed,” he said.
mainwhileThe CPN (UML) “withdrew” its amendment proposal registered on Sunday to adopt a provision to impeach the king by two-third majority of the House. UML’s chief whip Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, however, said that the proposal they had registered in the House was not withdrawn and it will be forwarded at an “appropriate time.”

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