CA makes history, endorses the new constitution of NepalThe Constituent Assembly on Wednesday passed the Constitution Bill with 507 votes.
The Constituent Assembly on Wednesday made history as it passed the Constitution Bill with a two-thirds majority. Wednesday's endorsement of the Constitution Bill caps a-65-year-old dream of having a constitution written by people's representatives. The long-drawn out task of constitution drafting has come to an end except for its promulgation. A total of 507 votes were cast in favour of the constitution bill while only 25 votes were cast against the bill.
Major three political parties—Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist)—and a majority of fringe parties have voted in support of the Bill in a meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) on Wednesday evening. However, the Madhes-based parties had already boycotted the constitution drafting process.
According to the interim constitution of Nepal, a two-thirds majority is required to endorse the constitution. The constitution was endorsed through signatures of CA members.
Kamal Thapa led Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) voted against the Constitution Bill tabled by Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Kirshna Prasad Sitaula.
All the articles, preamble and name of the constitution have been endorsed on Wednesday. The new constitution will be promulgated on September 20 once the bill endorsed. Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang has already invited President Ram Baran Yadav to announce the new constitution on Sunday.
After endorsing all the articles of the constitution, Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal, leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, leader Baburam Bhattarai, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gauam exchanged good wishes among themselves.