Nepal’s rival political parties have struck a historic agreement to end years of deadlock on a new constitution that will divide the country into eight provinces. This paves the way for a new federal structure.
- Nepal’s lawmakers began work on a new national constitution in 2008 following a decade-long Maoist insurgency that left an estimated 16,000 people dead and brought down the monarchy.
- But the political parties were unable to reach agreement and the resulting uncertainty left Nepal in a state of political limbo.
However, the agreement has left the crucial issue of the provincial borders unresolved — an omission which critics said would create future problems.
Details of the agreement:
- Under the deal, Nepal will continue with its current system of national governance which includes an executive Prime Minister and ceremonial President.
- A new federal commission will be tasked with drawing up internal borders and submit a proposal for approval in Parliament.
- The agreement includes a commitment to hold the country’s first local elections since 1997.
Sources: The Hindu.