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Nepal: 5th Amendment Passes, Clears Way For Govt

CA passes Fifth Amendment, clears the way for formation of government

Kathmandu, 14 July - The Constituent Assembly on Sunday passed the Fifth Amendment Bill presented to amend the Interim Constitution, paving the way for the election of President, Prime Minister and CA Chairperson by a simple majority.

The Interim Constitution had previously provided for a two-thirds majority to elect the country's top posts.

Of the 449 CA members present out of 601-member assembly, 442 voted in favour of the Bill while seven members voted against.

A total of 152 CA members representing the six Madhes-based parties - Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum, Tarai-Madhes Loktantrik Party, Sadbhavana Party, Dalit Janajati Party, a faction of the Nepal Sadbhavana Party-Anandi Devi led by Sarita Giri and Janajati Party - remained absent, as they boycotted the assembly proceedings.

The Assembly rejected all the amendment proposals registered by smaller parties against the Fifth Amendment Bill tabled by the government.

More than three months after Nepal's historic election, the Fifth Amendment brings the formation of a new government closer.

Source: UN Mission in Nepal


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