Maoists say Nepal interim constitution leaves monarchy issue unresolved Joshua Pantesco at 12:41 PM ET
[JURIST] Negotiators for Maoist rebels in the Nepal constitutional talks expressed reservations Thursday that the draft interim constitution, to be presented Friday, does not address the key issue of whether the new government should retain elements of the former monarchical system. The six-person Interim Constitution Drafting Committee (ICDC) was formed in July in an historic contract [text; JURIST report] between the interim civilian government and Maoist rebels, and is charged with drafting an interim constitution primarily aimed at delineating the procedure and substance of the upcoming constituent assembly elections. Once a new representative body is in place, the new representatives will draft a permanent constitution. Representatives of the Nepali Congress Party [party website], Nepal's largest political party, say the monarchy issue should be decided when the permanent constitution is drafted.
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