Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nepal on verge of entering new era

KATHMANDU, May 28 - After a nearly eight-hour delay, Wednesday’s much-anticipated first Constituent Assembly (CA) is about to kick off at the Birendra International Convention Centre (BICC) in the capital.
The CA, elected through the landmark elections held last month, will formally announce the implementation of the federal democratic republic system in the country, ending the 240-year-old institution of monarchy.

In a meeting held at Baluwatar in the run-up-to the first CA sitting, the ruling Seven-Party alliance (SPA) agreed on a provision of a constitutional president who will be entrusted to execute his duties on the recommendations of the cabinet.

The 601-member CA will be entrusted with the responsibility of writing a new constitution and ushering the country to a new era.

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