Monday, July 22, 2013

Baidya-led alliance asks int'l community not to extend any support for poll

KATHMANDU, July 20: Arguing that the election planned to be held by using ´undemocratic method´ would not guarantee promulgation of new constitution, CPN-Maoist-led alliance of 33 agitating parties on Saturday asked the international community not to extend any support for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) election.
Issuing a press statement on behalf of the agitating 33 parties, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said the election to the CA being held without forging political consensus will only invite national crisis instead of giving outlet for the current constitutional deadlock. The statement claimed that the decision of the parties to hold CA election "under pressure from a section of diplomatic agencies" had weakened both national independence and democracy in the country.

Hinting indirectly at the diplomatic maneuvering by various countries including India to urge political parties in Nepal to go to the polls scheduled for November 19, the statement issued on behalf of the all 33 agitating parties has claimed that undue pressure exerted by diplomatic agencies on political leaders to hold election in November goes against UN Charter, principle of Panchasheel and norms of international relations. “We all have been directly experiencing the growing maneuverings and interferences of international agencies at present,” the statement said.

The agitating alliance has alleged that major parties had completely destroyed Interim Constitution 2007, which remained a document of consensus, and formed a party-less government by displacing multi-party system through 25-point amendment to the Interim Constitution through ordinance. They have accused some diplomatic agencies of not only supporting such an undemocratic move, but also supporting the move of providing citizenship certificates to "illegal immigrants" while paving the way to turn genuine Nepalese into minority.
from Republica

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