Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (2nd R), Chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" (C) raise hands after the adoption of the new constitution of Nepal at the Constituent Assembly hall in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on Sept. 16, 2015. In a landmark step to culminate a prolonged transition after Nepal became republic in 2008, the country's Constituent Assembly on Wednesday endorsed a much-awaited new constitution. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)
KATHMANDU, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- In a landmark step to culminate a prolonged transition after Nepal became republic in 2008, the country's Constituent Assembly on Wednesday endorsed a much- awaited new constitution of Nepal.
The constitution-making body of Nepal endorsed the constitution bill with an overwhelming two-thirds majority on Wednesday night.
The latest progress on constitution promulgation has marked a major step forward for democracy in Nepal providing a great hope of the Nepali people for a stable and prosperous country who faced a devastating earthquake on April 25 and ensuing aftershocks, political observers said.
Chairman of the Constituent Assembly Subhas Nembang made a final announcement in this regard after 507 out of total 601 lawmakers voted on the new constitution bill.
The new constitution, consisting of 308 articles and nine annexes, has secured a secularism and federal democratic republic.
Nepali President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is scheduled to unveil the post-war national charter at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 in Kathmandu.
This is the first full-fledged constitution in the Himalayan nation. Earlier, the country got an interim constitution in 2007 following the people's movement in 2006 that toppled the 240-year monarchy.
Nepali parties started work on the new constitution in 2008.
A week ago, the Constitution Assembly began a voting process on the promulgation of the constitution bill after the major parties expressed commitment to bring the new statute at the soonest.
Nepal held elections of the second Constituent Assembly in November 2013 to promulgate a new constitution.
KATHMANDU, Sept. 9 (Xinhua)-- Three persons have been killed when police opened fire into a crowd of demonstrators on Wednesday as fresh protests erupted in Nepal's southern plains over a new draft constitution, police officials told Xinhua.
The incident took place in Jaleshwor Municipality of Mahottari district of Southern Nepal came two weeks after violent clashes in Kailali District Far-Western Nepal, which witnessed the brutal killing of eight police officials and an 18-month-old boy by the agitating Tharu community.Full story
KATHMANDU, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The major political parties of Nepal have agreed today to postpone the constitution drafting process for three days.
A meeting of top leaders of three major parties - Nepali Congress, CPN UML and Unified CPN Maoist - held at Prime Minister' s official residence Baluwatar Friday made a decision to halt the process till Sunday morning.Full story