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KIRAN PANDAY

An emergency clause in the interim constitution allows the interim legislative parliament to direct the state until a constituent assembly is formed. Although it is an interim body, this parliament was designed, like the national parliament, to meet certain crises the country would face. If the interim parliament had shown that it was willing and able to amend the document, as per the demands of madhesi, janajati, and adibasi groups, the protests would not have turned ugly.

Many Nepalis have taken to the streets to express their disagreement with the orientation of the interim parliament and its manner of representation.

Some parties say, irresponsibly, that they want to amend the interim constitution right away. Mainstream parties like the NSP-Anandi say amendment is a precondition to their joining the interim government. Meanwhile, the Maoists behave unjustly with the agitating madhesi, janajati, and adibasi groups and still think they can get their way through violence, pressure, and threats.

The street protests gain strength from the chaos caused by the interim parliament being unable to solve interim problems, or becoming a place for discussion, national consensus, and camaraderie. The government has not even considered the genuine and hopeful request from the Nepal Federation for Indigenous Nationalities for a roundtable. Because the interim parliament seems unconcerned about bringing lasting peace, fulfilling the people's demands, and moving towards the constituent assembly election, Nepalis think street action works better than dialogue and the parliament.

An interim legislative parliament is not a traditional assembly, it has to deal with a country in crisis. The Maoists aren't taking it seriously-their leaders are not in the House of Representatives-and unconstitutional forces within the Maoists are continuing with threats and pressure, provoking protestors to take to the streets. The interim parliament must urgently take charge to find a peaceful solution out of this mess.



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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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