Nepal New Constitution
Published: September 20, 2015
Nepal New Constitution, Nepal has formally adopted a much anticipated and long-delayed constitution that took more than seven years to complete following a decade of political infighting.
Security was stepped up across the nation, with smaller political parties and ethnic groups opposed to the new charter issuing fresh threats of violence.
President Ram Baran Yadav signed the constitution and made the proclamation, setting off a roar of applause from members of the constituent assembly in Kathmandu.
“We believe that the adoption of the new constitution has now opened the path for development of the country,” Yadav told the assembly.
The new constitution replaces an interim one that was supposed to be in effect for only a couple of years but has governed the nation since 2007.
Thousands of people who gathered outside the assembly hall on Sunday cheered after the announcement was made, waving the national flag as fireworks went off. In the streets of Kathmandu, people lit oil lamps and candles and buildings were decorated with coloured lights.
“Congratulations to all Nepalese” read a white and red banner strung across a street.
“This really long chapter is now finally closed,” said Shyam Sharma, a student who watched the president’s motorcade drive toward the assembly. “Now the country can focus on other important issues like developing the country, improving the economy. If these politicians had agreed a few years back, we would not have wasted so much time, energy and money.”
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