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Nepal to Amend Constitution for Medhesis Demands
Dec 23, 2015

In a significant development, the Nepal government has decided to amend the new Constitution to address two key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation.

  • The decision was taken at an emergency Cabinet meeting at Singha Durbar on December 20.  

  • The attending cabinet members also agreed to set up a political mechanism to recommend solutions to disputes over the proposed provincial boundaries within three months of its formation.

  • The meeting decided to move forward with the bill to amend the new constitution which has already been tabled in the Nepal parliament.

  • The bill has ensured proportional inclusive participation in various state organs as demanded by the agitating parties and has also proposed delimitation of the electoral constituencies based on population.

  • The meeting also urged the agitating parties to call off their protests, saying that their demands can be addressed through dialogue. Besides these issues, the demands related to citizenship and other issues can also be settled through negotiations.

Madhes-based parties have been protesting for over four months against the 7-province model proposed in Nepal’s constitution. In protest, they have blockaded Nepal’s border at crucial trade points with India, causing a shortage of essential goods and medicines in the landlocked country. India has called Nepal to address the political problems politically, urging its neighbour to seek a broad-based acceptance of the constitution adopted on September 20.

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