» 05/31/2012, 00.00
Nepali Christians hope rights promised by government are not mere propaganda
Nepal's Maoist government signs a six-point deal with the Christian minority. The authorities agree to defend the rights of Catholics and Protestants and ensure their representation in parliament. With the failure of the constituent assembly, the country could implode economically and socially.
Nepal likely to be left without Constitution
Some parties are opposed to extending the term of the Constituent Assembly to write the new constitution. The deadline, May 28, threatens to open a crisis, because the validity of the Interim Constitution expires. The position of the Maoists and other parties.
Parties reach deal to save Nepal’s peace process
A first draft of the new constitution and guidelines to reintegrate Maoist fighters should be ready in three-month time. However, there are many questions about how prepared the parties are to work together. The deal for example lacks binding principles and a detailed agenda.
The Maoists lead in more than half of the constituencies
Initial results on more than 100 constituencies but the Maoists in the lead in more than 50 of them. They have been awarded 4 of the first 7 seats. But in many circumstances, the tallying has not yet begun. Voting in at least 60 seats has been nullified, and must be repeated.
Minority parties quit last session of Constituent Assembly
Madhese and Tharu representatives reject proposed administrative divisions adopted by the big parties. Under a revised version, the constitution’s final draft would include a seventh province. Since it became a secular state in 2007, Nepal has not yet adopted a final constitution.
Nepali Muslims want constitution to incorporate Sharia-based personal law
The Nepal Muslim Sangh wants the country’s Muslim community to be recognised as a distinct entity. Muslim leaders tell government and parties that Muslims are not just a “vote bank”, demand specific steps in favour of Muslims.
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