Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Second amendment in Interim Constitution in the offing
The government has decided to go for second amendment in the Interim Constitution, incorporating some new provisions that will pave way for setting the date for constituent assembly election as well as remove the King by two-thirds majority of the Interim Legislative Parliament if he is found ‘conspiring’ to disrupt the election.
A cabinet meeting today decided to direct the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to finalise the draft of the amendment in the Interim Constitution.
Government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communication Krishna Bahadur Mahara said the amendment was necessary before the government could announce the election date as the Interim Constitution states that CA election will be held by June.
Apart from the provision on removing the King, the second amendment will incorporate a clause that will enable the parliament to unseat the Prime Minister by two-thirds vote.
Earlier, the eight parties had agreed to amend the constitution for a second time with these provisions.
The first amendment was made on March 9 to accommodate the demands of agitating Terai groups for more parliamentary seats from the region and the federal structure of the state.

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