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Nepal Parliament resumes following all-party deal

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Political parties on Wednesday reached an agreement to form a political committee to oversee constitution-writing process and conclude remaining tasks of the peace process, including transitional justice.

Soon after that the Parliament, that had remained stalled after the obstruction by opposition parties, resumed its proceedings in the evening.

Speaking in the Parliament, the Chairman of the UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said he was hopeful of constitution-writing gaining momentum after the agreement. He said the need of the hour was to conclude the incomplete tasks of the peace process.

Mr. Dahal added that the parties were still discussing on the nature and composition of the high level political committee (HLPC). “Should it comprise of the parties represented in the Constituent Assembly or also those outside it — the CPN-Maoist and other parties? We will decide the matter soon.” However, he asked the House members not to think too much about the work and formation of the HLPC.

Earlier, the parties hammered out a deal that encompassed a previous deal, the four-point agreement, early this year and to address the opposition parties concern on budget transfer near the end of the fiscal year (mid-July).

Minister for Law Narahari Acharya said the government would request the Speaker, Subas Nembang, to form a parliamentary committee to probe “irregularities” in the November election that the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhes-based parties had alleged. The formation of the HLPC and the parliamentary probe were part of the four-point agreement signed by eight political parties.

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