Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CA gets another lease of life as House extends its term for the fourth time

A day before the expiry of its term, the Constituent Assembly (CA) has got another lease of life with the Legislature-Parliament extending its tenure by six more months.

The parliamentary session held today afternoon endorsed the 11th constitution amendment bill proposed by the government seeking a six-month extension of the CA term with a majority vote.

In today's voting, 505 lawmakers voted in favour of 11the constitution amendment bill presented by Energy Minister Post Bahadur Bogati, while three lawmakers representing Rastriya Prajatantra party Nepal (RPP-Nepal) led by pro-monarch Kamal Thapa voted against the bill. Altogether 508 lawmakers were present in the House today.

This is the fourth time that the CA's term has been extended.

The constitution amendment bill had sought amendment in the Article 64 of the Interim Constitution 2007 which is related to the expiry of the CA term. With the latest extension, the term of the CA which was initially mandated for two years to promulgate the new constitution of the country has been extended to 4 years.

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