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Catch 22?

2015-02-16 03:49:29  来源: 【返回列表】

 

Catch 22?

 

 

With just about ten days left for the promulgation of a new constitution, Nepal’s political parties are still sharply divided on its major contents such as state restructuring, system of governance, election system and judiciary. And the external influence has made the drafting process more complicated.

The international community has paid special attention to the January 22 deadline. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Nepal’s political situation during 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal was criticised by Nepal’s leading newspapers and politicians. Two very popular dailies Kantipur and Nagrik wrote editorials on the issue and said that he had breached diplomatic norms by displaying the old Indian hegemony and interfered in Nepal’s internal matters.

The United Kingdom and some other western countries have been bitterly criticised both at the political and people level, especially, after British Ambassador to Nepal, Andy Sparkes wrote an open letter to Nepalese lawmakers “to ensure that the right to change religion is protected” in the new constitution.

“This is not a responsible statement from an ambassador. It tries to promote religious conversions. The statement does not conform to the British culture of democracy,” Nepal’s lawyer BhimarjunAcharya said with this newspaper.

Most likely, Nepal will miss the deadline of January 22. Now it seems that political parties prefer the formation of a new government to the promulgation of a new constitution, which is probably what some foreign forces are happy to see.

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