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CPDCC meeting yields no resolution; will keep trying until Sunday

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Tihar meeting of the Legislature-Parliament's Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) has again failed to bring about any resolution to the disputed issues in the new constitution with all parties sticking to their previous stance.

The CPDCC has been holding a series of meetings to negotiate a deal among various parties regarding the major sticking points in the content of the new constitution like state restructuring (number, structure of and basis for the new states), forms of governance (whether the president or the prime minister -- and thus the parliament -- holds executive power), electoral system, and judicial system, among others.

Informal talks in the next two days will try and build a constitution through agreement, CPDCC chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai said after Tuesday's meeting at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu.

"We will sit down for formal meetings on Friday and Saturday and put our full efforts to reach an agreement by Saturday. An agreement is still possible. Everyone feels that we should keep trying for an agreement till the very last possible moment and they have said so (in the meeting)," Bhattarai said.

Bhattarai told the media that he had asked the members for advice on the reforms they would like to see made to the law and process that would help in a final round of negotiations for an agreement.

Political leaders who are not members of the committee, including Pradeep Giri, Shyam Shrestha and Gagan Thapa, among others, were also present in Tuesday's CPDCC meeting at the invitation of Bhattarai.

Bhattarai said the decision to hold two days of informal talks had been made according to advice from everyone present.

 After CPDCC's Tuesday meeting, CPDCC Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai met with leaders of various parties. Immediately after the meeting, Bhattarai held separate discussions with Nepali Congress General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Purna Bahadur Khadka, a former home minister and NC leader.

Bhattarai then held separate meetings with CPN-UML's Surendra Pandey, UCPN (Maoist) leader Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal Chairman, Upendra Yadav and Khambuwan Front's Rajkumar Rai.


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