KATHMANDU, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Nepal is yet to start the process of drafting a new constitution due to the dispute among parties about the rules of procedures of the Constituent Assembly (CA).
Nearly four months have passed since the country held its second CA election, but parties have not till Thursday finalized the rules of procedures of the constitution drafting process. Only the formulation of rules of procedures will pave the way for drafting a new constitution of the Himalayan country.
Major coalition partners Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML are at odds over who, either the president or the CA chairman, should certify, authenticate and promulgate the new constitution.
NC has said that president, as the head of the state, should get the authority.
"As a head of the state, president should get such authority as per international practices," said NC Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel at a public program this week.
UML, however, holds that CA chairman should get such authority. There is a vague constitutional provision on the issue.
Due to the dispute between the two parties, the process of drafting the rules of procedures have been halted for a week.
A cross-party committee was formed on Feb. 10 to prepare the rules of procedures for drafting a new constitution. Due to the dispute, the tenure of the committee has been extended several times.
Parties are under pressure to prepare the rules of procedures as soon as possible and go into the constitution drafting process.