KATHMANDU, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN- UML have settled the dispute over who, either the president or the Constituent Assembly (CA) chairman, should get the authority to authenticate and promulgate the new constitution, leaders said Tuesday.
The week-long dispute between the two ruling coalition partners has delayed finalizing the CA rules of procedures.
"The CA chairman will verify the bill related to new constitution and President will sign and promulgate the new constitution," NC leader Ramesh Lekhak told reporters after the bilateral talks.
With the agreement, parties are likely to finalize the CA rules of procedures to pave the way for drafting a new constitution of the Himalayan country.
Nearly four months have passed since the country held its second CA election, but parties have not finalized the rules of procedures.
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.
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.